lYSIEE inn diary Wednesday Dec. 30 - continued where they live, is so noisy, so unrestful, delighted to f. nd a place of quiet and rest They considered it a treat end privilege to stay here. that they were lueh as the Inn, be allowed to Thursday, Dec 31, 1936 Rain New Years Eve may have been celebrated in a gay, boisterous manner insome places but here at the Wayside Inn all was quiet and osacefu].. About twenty guest e in for dinner and there was one overnight guest. She was a young to man connected with the store cf Best end Co. in New York. r.hered that her life had been given to hard, hone t work; that at last she had reached a position in whieh she could enjoy a. few luxuries. Therefore, our overnight guest treated herself to a short stay at the "ayside Inn. She loved the old atmosphere; the fire- places i iter dinner joined a circle of guests who had gathered in the bar-room. Informally they talked and chatted until a late hour, not late enough, however to witness the coning in of the New Year. Friday, Jan 1, 1937 Plea ::ant The first guests to register today, were Mr. & Mrs. Gookin. They are dear, good friends who have coire frequently and faith- fully during the past year, "e have started off the New Year then, in an especially pleasant way. Several of our old friends came to wish us a Happy New Year and we c lied back: "The same to you" I The New Year brought forth an especially pleasant day outside, too, so that there were many who came in just to see the house. Dinners were served to 179 people in the dining room. Saturday, Jan 2, 193 j^ >tormy This was a stormy day with r;in and sleet and a little snow mixed in - making automobile driving dangerous and slinpery. Consequently our number of guests was not large. Among those who ventured forth however, were Mr. and Mrs. "'illiams of Belmont. They were celebrating their 3rd wedding anniversary. Mr. Williams said that several days were spent|here at the time of their wedding. Every year a celebrrtion of the event consists of a dinner at the "vy^icio Inn. I The thirty-second anrave D-A.R^ thirty-Second anniversary party of Wayside Inn Chapter, D.A.R., was held at Wayside Inn when the chapter's charter was on display and the subject of much Comment. It is an oak frame, made from wood f'pom the inn by the former owner, the late Edward R. Lemon. A contribution was made to the grocery table at -the Colonial bazaar, the quota of dimes was*jfted, its per capital met and money voted to per- manent State headquarters. Guests were present from Margery Morton Chapter, D.A.R., Old North Chapter, D.A.R., and from John Adams Chap- ter, D.A.R. The next meeting, in April, will be at the home of Miss Emma J. Wel- lington, chapter secretary, Cochitu- ate road, Wayland, when mernb u will display heirlooms. K*>"t£ r/»Tt*> d3i^t(o? I I - K-rs. U&roU 5^. 1>owU' WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, Jan 3, 1937 Rain A chubby, little girl in brown dress and small brown hat, sat behind the Bar at the Wayside Inn today and as graciously and smilingly as any adult stage star, wrote her name "Love, J. ne Withers" at the request of several fond admirers. The thing that impressed us, greatly, about this well known cinema star, was her ease and poise, her naturalness and friend- liness. She was thoughtful and considerate of others. This was evident when it wps suggested that she take some copies of the "Story of larys Little Lamb" to her friends, "Oh, yes',' she said, "I'd like to give one to John and Betty and Mary and Jane". Then ?te asked if she would like a copy for, herself. She answered; "That would be very nice. I would love to have one!" This fascinating child was interested in the house; she wanted to know all about it and remembered well the few details pointed out during her very short visit. Her mother, her tall yming body guard end others in the party of 9, reminded Jane several times of the fact ths. t she must appear on the stage of a Boston theatre at 2:30 o'clock. Jane understood, but she seemed loathe to leave. Along with her went a pile of books, including the "Tales of a Wayside Inn" and a small package of oyster crackers, the kind served with her soup at the dinner table. Jand^^HKrs, young screen star, now appearing in person at the Metropolitan Theatre. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Monday, J n 4, 1937 Pleasant It is real, y surprising to learn from what "four corners" of the earth our guests come. One would suppose that during these winter days our visitors would be from nearby, local cities and towns. But our register book today shows the following places represented, Manila - Philippine Islands El Paso - Texas Los Angeles - California Hamilton, Ontario Tuesday, Jan 5, 1937 Pleasant The Christmas messages from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford and Mr. and Mrs. Edsel Ford wh< ch a ppeared in a recent issue of the Herald, have been inspiring. Although addressed to the school children, we have found them very helpful. We liked especially what Mr. Ford said a bout being helpful; helping each other. "The more we help each ther to be the best and do the best, the more we help ourselves and the world." That spirit of help'fulness can be appMed in all our daily tasks a t the Wayside Inn. " At this Christmas season I send you my best wishes for your happiness and suc- cess. If you have been observing you have noticed in your schools and the other activities connected with this place, that everything that is done is the result of people working, working together, working together according to a plan, which means helping each other. Everything in the world is done by people helping each other. Of all the things I see in your school-work, this gives me most pleasure. The more we help each other o be the best and do the best, the more we help ourselves and the world. Let us think of this and make it part of our purpose during the New Year. -HENRY FORD WAYSIDE INN DIARY Wednesday, Jan 6, 1937 Pleasant The next time President Conant of Hirverd cones to the Inn (wh'.ch we hope will be soon) it has been planned to show him an item found in Vol. 1 of the Town Records of Sudbury. It reads as follows: Cambridge, this 10th of march 1 678 79 Received then of severall persons of the Town of Sudbury severall percells of corne amounting to (with the transportation from Sudbury to Cambridge) the full sume of what w?s there subscribed to contribute to the new Colledge building for the Colledge. I say received by mee. William Manning It is hoped that President Conant can tell us just which college building was being erected in 1678 and if the particular building for which the people of Sudbury contributed corn is still standing. Thursday, Jan 7. 1937 Sleet Correspondence this week has been of unusual inter st. Topping the list was a letter (not a note) from JaneWithers expressing her feelings about the Wayside Inn; telling us of ohe things she liked best and express- ing the hope that she could come aga in. The informality of the letter was charming. It began "Hello 1 Everybody!" Next came a very fine note from our good friend Dr. Etz. He spoke of the Christmas Pageant; its dignity and inspiring spirit and his pleasure in seeing it. Miss De Mille sent a large assortment of picture post-cards showing the lovely California country where her vacation is being spent. Mere pictures of the"old fashioned" ladies who came in the group of the "Outdoor Sports Club" have been sent. These from 'Mrs. Harold S. Bowkar of Worcester who wore a paisley print dress belonging to her grandmother. Still another letter from a member of the "Outdoor Sports Club" reads as follows; "When the Outdoor Sports Club of Worcester were your guests you served a most delicious baked Inding pudding. I wonder if it would be possible for you to give me the receipe? I have 3 church supper for 300, Jan 15 and am going to serve the Indian Pudding and wish I could make one like yours." From: Mrs. F. H. Davidson 13 Algonquin Road Worcester, Mass. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Friday, Jan 8, 1937 Pleasant Two more important members of our household have departed for a vacation period. Emma, the cook and Mary Cronin, waitress are away for two weeks. Emma has gone to the home of a sister in Holden, Massachusetts and Mary expects to visit a neice in New York City. Saturday, Jan 9, 1937 Pleasant There is one chara cter In the "Tales of a Wayside Inn" of whom we know little. The statement has been made that Henry Ware Wales "The Student" was a scholar of promise who died early and whose tastes appear in the collection of books which he left to the library of Harvard College. Today we learned more about him from a Mrs. Drinkwater. She told us that her f other was a very good friend of the Wales family. An uncle of Henry Ware Wales had sailing vessels ^n the old days and until comparatively recently there was a well known Wales Warf in Boston. A brother of "The Student" was also interested in sailing ships. He lived at 140 Beacon St. All were very wealthy. Henry Ware Wales spent much of his time travelling and was one cf the first to wear a French moustache. We have often remarked on the long beard seen in his picture in the Parlor and how strange it looks on a "y~uth" - as Longfellow calls him. Mrs. Drinkv.ater said that soon after the popularity of beards, Henry Ware Wales returned from Paris with a short mustache. It caused a sensation in Boston. WAYSIDE INN DIARY to Sunday, J-ji 11, 1937 Snow Mr. Sennott had just called our attention to tiny, green buds on the lilac tree beside the front door, when down c^.roe a beautiful snow storm. It was not of long duration, but the large white flakes covered every little branch and twig and made a pure spotless covering on the ground. We lit a fire on the hearth and brought out Whittiers's "Snow- Bound". We were far from being "snow-bound" our- selves, but we put a copy of the poem on the table where our guests might enjoy reading it. One portion of this well known verse seemed especially appropriate. " We watched the fitst red blaze appear, Heard the sharp crackle, caught the gleam On whitewashed wall and sagging beam, Until the old, rude-furnished room Burst, flower-like, into rosy bloomj While radiant with a mimic flame Outside the sparkling drift became, And through the bare-boughed lilac-tree Our own w-rm hearth seemed blazing free." Monday, Jan ££> 1937 Pleasant Frankly, we are puzzled. We entertained at luncheon today a couple whom we believe to have been Mr. and Mrs. Booth Iarkington. But they travelled incognito; they gave their name as "Nelson" and the lady called the gentleman "George". It came to our attention, however, that our guests resembled in almost every way a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Booth larkington which appeared today in a local newspaper. The noted author has been very ill. Our guest was feeble and needed much care and attention from his wife and chauffeur. We are hoping that in some way this mystery can be solved. Tuesday, Jan 12, 1937 Cloudy A Mrs. Holcomb sat in the Parlor tins afternoon and told us of her thrill at finding a copy of the Tales of a Wayside Inn, in China. She said that while living in Hankow, China she wanted to use the British Library there. But to use the Library a person must out in an a pplication. The application must be sent to London to be approved. This procedure takes several weeks. While waiting for the neces ;ary card fro:;: London, Mrs. Holcomb resorted to the Y.M.C.A. in Hankow (es- tablished for American sailors^. In th s small Library Mrs. Holcomb found a copy of the Tales of a Wayside Inn and read it from cover to cover. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Wednesday, Jan 13, 1937 Cle^r and w-rm The Warming pans or Bed Warmers attract much attention. There is one n nearly every room of the Inn. Very often children will say: "Oh, see the pop-corn popper". Today Mr. David Magner of the Lincoln and Lincoln Zephyer Motor Company was a dinner guest. He thought the bed warmers were passed in churches in the old days for the purpose of taking up the contribution! We read recently that our grandmothers had to be very careful in heatirg beds with these old fashioned warming pans because they could easily scorch the sheets. Thursday, J^n 14, 1937 Cloudy and warm A gentleman inquired if we could supply him with a co y of Mr. Cameron's Sunday Evening Talk of Dec. 16th. It was the talk on "Opportunity" and our guest expressed great interest and pleasure in it. He wanted co -ies of it. We were rather eager then, to procure copies, not only for our guest but for our own res ding (not having heard the Broadcast), Since reading this fine talk we agree with the guest that it is especially good. Particularly this part. "There 1 s not a single fact you learn or a tiny discovery you make today that may not stand forth- even a quarter of a century hence- as the very thiiig you need in some crucial hour." We can apply this philosophy in meeting and talking with guests of the Inn. We can learn a great deal from them. They bring us many new thoughts; new information about all kinds of things. They tell us of manners and customs in foreign lands and in other parts of our own country. At the moment it may not seem important, but in some crucial houB, as Mr. Cameron says, it may be of great help. Friday, Jan 15, 1937 Cloudy The weather is always a chief topic of conversation - and so it is at the Wayside Inn. This has been a remarkably mild winter season with practically no snow and the temperature unusually high. It would seem ideal )for those who do not want to go skiing) but as a matter of fact, it has not been ideal for motorists. Roads have been frequently icy and slippery. There have been fewer guests for this re-rson. Sometimes we have several guests for luncheon and a number of visitors in the afternoon, Early evening brings a lower temperature; it rains and stats freezing. Consequently our dinner guests are few and evenings "re generally quiet. Tonight we were pleased to have the young people come in for a dancing lesson. WAYSIDE INN DIART Saturday, Jan 16, 1937 Pleasant Three young people, all of whom are deaf, dumb and blind came today with Miss Hall from the Perkins Institute in Watertown, Mass. Miss Hall has brought many of her pupils here and each group seems to get inch pleasure in feeling of the various objects throughout the house* Today the only way Miss Hall could explain th'ngs to the children was by the child putting a finger on her lip, thus reading the words by motion of the lips. A long time was spent by this group in going through the house and we marvelled at the patience shown by Miss H "11 and her assistants. The children cried out with pleasure at times and laughed hea rtily. The smaller boy insisted on having a demonstration of how everything was used. For instance the old cow bell in the kitchen had to be tied a round his neck; the runlet or canteen for carrying wa ter was ca rried back and forth across the room. VUY3IDE INN DIARY Sunday, J-n 17, 1937 Cloudy Ten years ago to-day, the M rys Lamb School house was re-opened. It was a gre t event for the Wayside Inn. The school house was on Wayside Inn property} its pupils were children of friends ^nd neighbors and its teacher Miss Martha Hopkins. We look back with fond memories to that re-opening day. During the past ten years we have been proud of the school; we have become fond of the pupi&s and we feel thst the Red- stone School belongs t the Wayside Inn. Miss Prances libbitts, present teacher of The Redstone School WAYSIDE INN DIARY Monday, Jan 18, 1937 Warm and cloudy- Three Japanese, a mother and two sons, visited the Inn today and were very much interested in the house. The mother, who looked ax young as her sons, was dressed in native costume. She wore a blue silk kimona and her tiny feet ested on sandals made of strai . The sons were splendid looking young men and especially kind to their mother for whom they had to interpret much that the hostess said. All were very keen, however, nnd grasped the meaning of tirngs quickly and easily. They d&cided to stay for luncheon and explained that this was their second day in Boston. Two months had been spent in Europe a month in England and two months in the water, one of the young men said. Fortunately the in was corrected to on by the brother. Tuesday, Jan 19, 1937 Cloudy Professor Scheil's group dined with us this evening and as usual s c .t around the fireplace in the old kitchen for their dis- cussion ; th'.s evvming the discussion being the review of a recent book. In the group was a gentleman from the Mass. Inst, of Technology who carried with him a tricky pencil. We hadn't seen ne like it before. It was made of metal and around its center Wrere different colored points, blue, red, green, black etc. If you wanted a blue lead you pushed down on the blue point. In this way you have several different colored pencils in one. The gentleman said that th's kind of pencil is most useful In making maps, charts etc. Wednesday, Jan 20, 1937 Colder The collection of hooked rugs n the Inn attracts much comment. We have some unusually pretty onesj all hand made and all old. A lady today told us something about the origin of hooked rugs. She said that they were first made in the Scandinavian countrries and used for bed coverings. From there they were carried to Scotland and finally found a place an the floors of early American homes. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Thursday, Jan 21, 1937 Cloudy- One of our most enjoya ble guests is Dr. Meade. He has been coming to the Inn for years and does net want to be called Uv, Brooks (Mr. Loring Brooks). He does resemble our neighbor in appearance, however, and once or twice has been mistaken for him. Dr. Meade came today and brought with him a middle aged lady, the efficient, business-like type. After -lunch they sat on the settle in the Bar-room and chatted, mostly about books. The lady told us that she wa a business executive and that this was the first time since November that she had been outside the city. "Its great to get away from hard side walks and tall buildings and breathe some of the good country air -;nd I ar greatly indebted to Dr. Mead for bringing me to the Inn", she said. Friday, Jan 22, 1937 Cloudy - w*rm The following fact might well be recorded by the well-known Ripley, the "believe-it-or-not- 11 man. Outside the Old Kitchen window where v,e always look for the first signs of Spring, we saw today ) January 22nd) our little green "snow-drops" with large white buds on them. Others are poking their heads up through a large crack in the ground - and should the sun appear we are certain that the snow-drops would blossom forth like they generally do about the first of M rchl This ofcourse is due to our unusually mild winter. Saturday, Jan 23, 1937 Cloudy Today has been spent in preparation for the Universalist Ministers Annual Retreat. This is to be their 35th ye^r here. Everyone of the household is looking forward with pleasure to their coming. Every bed Las been made up freshly; the rooms prepared. Books from our library have been put about on the tables j Emerson, Hawthorne and Longfellow and some contemporary authors. Apples are being polished and food prepared in the kitchen. A list hss been received of first arrivals an', of those who are planning to come later. The majority will arrive tomorrow afternoon. About 20 ministers are expected. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, Jfin. 24, 1937 Cloudy Today and the next three days of the Diary will be devoted to the 35th Annual Retreat of the Universalist Ministers. Soon after dinner Dr. Tomlinson and Rev. Ha mmatt stepped off the Bus from Worcester and were soon receiving a hearty welcome from members of the Wayside Inn family. It was as if they were coming home. They carried their bags to their rooms and were soon down stairs sitting be- fore the open fire telling us of their travels snd experiences of the past year and of their friends .and families. So it was -.vith the others who arrived from time to time through the afternoon. By 5 o'clock cordial greetings end friendly handshakes filled the rooms with a spirit of good- will and good chear. It was honest-to-goodness, sincere fellowship, real pleasure in meeting once again at the W ayside Inn. Interspersed among the older, familiar faces were a few young men. Witty remarks passed to and fro. We overheard this one. Dr. Rose (a young minister): "Yes, when I think of you at the ft ayside Inn, Dr. Perkins, I associate you with the old tables, the andirons and the Sap Bucket'.' Dr. Perkins: I am perfectly willing to be associated with a Sap Bucket, but I refuse to be classed with a bucket of Sapsl" On the arrival of Rev. Ellenwood of Woonsocket R. I. he was asked to take off his coat. Dr. Ellenwood: "I've been looking the bunch over to see if I wanted to stay, before I took off my coat I" So this jolly company continued to welcome its fellow members until late in the evening. Dr. Hill w^s met at the tr?in in Framingham at 9 o'clock and Dr. Lowe came from Rockland M-.ine at 11 o'clock. Monday, Jon 25, 1937 P&ensant The ministers gathered in the Old Kitchen *t 9:30 o'clock for a Discussion period. This was followed by Luncheon. The afternoon was spent in walks and another Discussion period. We might say, however, that the Discussion periods were unlimited as to time and place. Dis- cussions on religious subjects; topics of current interest and on everything ingeneral could be heard at lomost anytime or any where you might find two WAYSIDE INN DIARY Monday, Jan 25 - continued or more ministers. The ex king of England tups mentioned; someone suggested a Sit-down Strike at the Wayside Inn (for the ministers) and Dr. Perkins and Dr. McCollester discussed the Ford Sunday Evening Hour. Dr. Perkins was es ecially enthusiastic about Mr. Cameron. He said: "It is a fine thing; beautifully done." Dr. Van Schaick, editor of the Christian Leader c°me late th s afternoon, bringing the number up to 19 in sttned~nce. Di . Vincent E. loiLLinson Dr. lomlinson in informal discussion with Dr. Sllenwool ^ '• WAYSIDE INN DIARY Monday Jan 25 continued 35rH ANNIVERSARY DINNER At six-thirty o'clock members of the Retreat ?nd a few members of the Wayside Inn family gathered in the large dining room for the 35th Anniversary Dinner. Dr. Perkins acted as Magister Convivii. In a dignified but informal manner, he introduced the speakers. Mr. Sennott gave a word of welcome and expressed the hope that the Retreat would continue at the Inn for the next thirty- five years. Next came Dr. Etz, the Secretary of the Retreat who gave a more or less statistical record of its history. He mentioned that Dr. Perkins , Dr. Tomlinson and Dr. Albion of Framingham (unable to be present on account of illness) were the three members of the Retreat who first came to the Inn 35 years ago. Dr. Perkins has not missed a single meeting and Dr. Tomlinson only one. There have been 58 members through the 35 years; 25 of the number being dead. Originally the Retreat began on Monday. Thirteen years ago Dr. Hammatt changed the es- tablished custom by coming on Sunday I The fact was revealed by Dr. Etz that in 1S24 when the Inn was acquired by Mr. Ford, that a committee consisting of Drs. Tomlinson and Etz was appointed to investigate other places where the Retreat might be held. It was recommended by the committee that the Retreat be given up completely rather than be held elsewhere than the Wayside Inn. _^^^rfl Members of the 35th Retre.it J WAYSIDE INN DIARY Monday Jan 25, continued 55th Anniversary Dinner The next speaker on the program was Dr. Fischer of New Haven, Conn, who spoke beautifully on "Memories". He mentioned the visit of members of the Retreat to the Redstone School and how Miss Hopkins acted as "teacher'. 1 His whole talk was full of tender feelings and touched everyone deeply. Dr. Theodore A. Fischer Dr. Seth R. Brooks of Maiden, Ma s. was the next speaker. He spoke on "Prophecies" and represented the younger men who have been chosen to join th's distinguished group. His talk was admirably done. Everything he said 7:as well chosen and carefully planned. It was thrilling to feel that the Retreat will go on under the leadership of such pble young men as Dr. Brooks. Space forbids recording all of the fine things Dr. Brooks said. The whole spirit of his talk centered around the thought that the Retreat had become ?n Altar in his heart, where he worchipped the friendships made and the dear old Inn itself. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Mon Jan 25, - - continued. 55th Anniversary Dinner Musical numbers were given during the pro gran by Mabel Anderson Pearson, contralto in Dr. Tomlinson' s church. The more humorous side of the affair was presented by a quartet composed of four young ministers who rendered several satirical songs. We cannot, in these pages, do justice to the magnificent spirit which prevailed at this 55th Anniversary Dinner. It was a brilliant success. A won- derful feeling of harmony exists between the old and the young men. They are working together in perfect unity for the continuance of the Wayside Inn Retreat for at least 35 years longer. Tuesday, Jan 26, 1937 Pleasant The ministers were surprised this morning to see our snow-drops in blossom outside the old Kitchen window They called first one then the other to see them. Dr. Huntley said; "I've seen snow flakes here many times, but never have I seen snow drops!" It is unusual, of course, and some may have been disa ppointed that a snow storm did not come during these Retreat days. Others, however, have expressed pleasure in being able to walk in the woods. After a day of erious thought, the ministers enjoyed a dinner in the Old Kitchen. After dinner, like school boys on a vacation, each one told his best story. Some of theip a^e worn "thread bare" through telling year after year, it was explained. Most of the stories, however, were of such good fun and humor as to bear repeating. Dr. Tomlinson gave "Old Rome Day at the Corners or Something for Everybody". Dr. Hammatt told of his experiences riding on a horse in the town parade.- "The hour was latej the fire burned low" Then all arose and said Good-night". Wednesday, Jan 27, 1937 Pleasant At nine-thirty o'clock this morning, a simple Communion Service was held in the Old Kitchen. After this, a few ministers began to take leave. Others stayed for luncheon. All seemed loathe, to leave and spent the short remaining time ii informal conversation, reviewing the events of th's 35th Retreat ->nd pro- claiming it to be a splendid occasion. Immediately after lunc- practically everyone departed. Dr. Tomlinson and Dr. Haramatt, the first to arrive, were the last to leave. Thus, closed another event of great historical significance in the Annals of the Wayside Inn. J WAYSIDE INN DIARY Thursday, Jin 28, 1937 Pleasant A nice, red shiny apple was presented to one of our young guests the other day. We have been informed "that the young lady has preserved the apple for Posterity.. She covered it with a thin coating of wax, after she had scratched "Wayside Inn" and the date upon it. Friday, Jan 29, 1937 Pleasant La-^t Sunday we had the pleasure of conducting a large family group through the Inn. There was a mother and father, grandmother and three children. All listened attentively. When we came to the Betty lamp in the old Kitchen the gentleman remarked on the similarity of the Betty lamp to early Roman lamps. We wer interested in what he had to say. Casually he mentioned that he had an early Roman Lamp which he would like to send us. Th s week we ha e received the beautiful old lamp from our guest, Mr. 1. W. Leavitt, as promised. He writes: "This is a Roman Lamp, close to 2,000 years old. I secured it from our museum at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Syria , as a duplicate and it has been identified by our archeologist, Dr. Harold Ingholt, a noted Dane now diggingin Hama, Syria." The lamp is a gen; small, beautifully shaped and decorated. It is a choice bit of pottery. Already our guests have shown interest in it; in com:aring it with our Betty lamp. Saturday, Jan 30, 1937 Pleasant The end of the week and the end of the day brought 5 students from the State School of Agriculture in Delhi, New York, to our door. They came In th'red and worn, but were eager to see the truse and soon ordered dinner. Then they told of their interest in cooking; that they were students of Home Economics. They were particularly interested In the flour ground at our Mill and each carried away a folder of our receipes which they promised to "try". WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, Jan 51, 1937 Cloudy At noon time saven men from seven different countries arrived . They called themselves, jokingly, "The Lea gue of Nations". Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, England and Ireland were rep- resented. They were agents of the American Express Company, fine young gentlemen; full of fun and eager to learn everything about the Wayside Inn. It will be the duty of each one when he ee turns to his native country, to direct foreign tourists to interesting places in the United States; plan tours for them and tell them what to see and what not to see when they come to America. Accompanying the gentlemen was the manager of the American Express Company in Boston. Monday, Feb 1, 1937 Pleasant Mr. Frank Howe of Bennington, Vermont announced himself yesterday as being an 8th lineal descendent of the Howe family. Very often we are visited by descendents of the Waysidelnn Howes. Sometimes the con- nection is ver^ remote and then again by use of the Howe Geneology book which we keep in the Parlor closet, we are able to trace the visitor and find him to be rather near connection of our family. It is unusual, however, to welcome a direct lineal descendent. •Tuesday, Feb 2, 1937 Cloudy Rev. and Mrs. Norman Van Post Schwab of Cambridge are overnight guests and have stayed two days. Rev. Schwab is assistart rector of St. Peters Church «in Cambridge. He and his wife are devotees of the Oxford Movement and Rev. Schwab spoke with interest of having Thanksgiving dinner cooked vad served at Clinton Inn, Dearborn, with a group of Oxford associates. Rev. Schwab is also President of the Cooperative Society in Cambridge. Wednesday, Feb 3, 1937 Pleasant The Wayside Inn family was pleased to welcome Miss DeMille back to the "fold" today. She has been travelling across the United States and back again since December 1st. She spent most of the time with relatives in California . On her way ba ock she stopped at the Grand Canyon and made a tour of Breenfield Village at Dearborn. Thursday, Feb 4, 1937 Pleasant Miss Fisher was called upon today to take charge of the children in the Mary Lamb School; Miss Tibbitts the teacher being ill. To make the children better acquainted with the Inn, Miss Fisher brought them here md gave them a talk about the Old Kitchen. They stayed in the Kitchen for sometime looking at the old cooking utensils. Miss Fisher said that some of the older pupils already knew and understood the use of the various a rticles. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Friday, Feb 5, 1937 Cloudy pnd cold While we are more or less shivering here in New England and hovering around the fireplaces, two of our waitresses, Agnes and Lema are enjoying the warm sunshine of Florida. They left the first of the week for a vacation of six weeks in the Southland. Saturday, Feb 6, 1937 Pleasant The Ministers Retreat of last week is still fresh in our minds and we think often of these good friends the ministers and wonder "Where are they now? Y/hat lands and skies Paint pictures In their friendly eyes?" Evidently pictures of the Wayside Inn are before "their friendly eyes" for we ha ve received from them during the week several letters and reminders of their visit here. Today some copies of a booklet on Lenten Readings came from Dr. Etz. Also some pictures of the Retreat dinner in the Old Kitchen WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, Feb 7, 1937 Pleasant It is probably on account of the unusually mild and pleasant weather th^t we are having an unusual number of guests these days. We were surprised and pleased v*hen at the end of the day, today, we found that 1?5 dinners had been served. This, of course, does not include the number of guests who came in just to see the house. Altogether this was like a busy day in the middle of the summer. Monday, Feb 8, 1937 Pleasant The "Spring" housecleaning is under way. Or should we say Winter cleaning? Anyway, most of our Intensive cleaning is done in the Winter time when we have the least number of guests. To-day as we came in the front door, there was scrubbing and moping go'ng n in the lower h«ll of the Inn. Woodwork is washed, pictures washed and walls wiped down. After th s is done, the rooms, one at a time, will be cleaned. The Parlor is next on the schedule. Tuesday, Feb 9, 1937 Partly cloudy Tiny little icicles hung from trees and branhes today as rain froze and made a fairy-like pictures everywhere. Ice on the roads however, prevented automobiles from venturing out for pleasure. Consequently our number of guests was not large. Those who came rem c rked on the won- derful picture wh ch confronted their eyes as they approached the Inn. Wednesday, Feb 10, 1937 Pleasant We have not seen the magazine, but we have learned that a picture of our tiny Old Dining Room appears in the February issue of "Town ana Country". A Miss Marjorie Garfield from Syracuse, N. Y. came last June and made water color paintings of the Old Kitchen and Dining rooms. She has sent Miss Fisher photographs of the paintings and they are quite nice. Miss Garfield's pictures make the rooms look really old, as some actual photographs fail to do. The picture of the Old Kitchen has been on exhi- bition in Philadelphia and Chicago. * WAYSIDE INN DIARY Thursday, Feb 11, 1937 Pleasant As St. Valentine day approaches, we are reminded of our foot- stove in the Bar room which was made, we think, as a Valentine gift for a sweetheart of olden time. The foot-stove has a wooden frame with an iron container for hot coals inside. The wooden frame is nicely c?rved and painted. On the front of it is a red heart, now badly faded. But we can imagine the pride and joy taken by some young swain a hundred years ago as he worked on thfeis charming gift. On either side of the box is carved a sun burst, a traditional decoration. The heart was also used frequently as a decorative motif. We have understood, however, that foot- stoves were a popular token of admiration on Februery 14th. Because our foot-stove has a heart on it, we feel certain of its be"ng a Valentine of the first order. Friday, Feb 12, 1937 Pleasant Bright red hearts fluttered around the Ball-room today as the M ry L^mb School children and the Southwest school came together for a Valentine party. There was the usual dancing class, but Miss Oehme, the teacher, had planned a special surprise. She had made with her own hands, fancy favors for the children; paper hats and a valentine for every child. The children were more than pleased and showed their appreciation by dancing especially well. At least that is what our guests th ught as they looked on the pretty scene. There were a good many luncheon and dinner guests today. Possibly because it is the Birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Saturday, Feb 13, 1937 Pleasant Every now and then we °re favored by a visit from the Misses Walsh of Clinton, Mass. They are sisters of our Senator David I. Walsh. Tears ago they came to the Inn quite regularly in the Summer tice. We have not seen them recently however, until th s afternoon when they came in for tea. They are large women, tall like their brother and they are extrem&y odest and retiring. Today they told us that their distinguished brother was in Massachusetts for the week-end and that he was to call for then: here at the Wayside Inn. When the Senator arrived he did not cone into the Inn, however. / WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sund y, Feb 14, 1937 Partly cloudy The writer of the Diary finds that Sunday is her most difficult day; difficult in the respect that there seems to be not much of interest to record in the Diary. Yet Sunday is our busiest day of the week. There are more people in the house and "people make news". Perhaps it is because the reporter is too busy to make a report! Anyway, today was a usual Sunday. Groups of guests Ln twos and threes and whole families including the youngest child, crowded around thd old Bar to give orders for dinner. Speaking of the youngest v isitor. Our youngest today was a baby aged three months. She was carried in a large market basket through the Inn. Monday, Feb 15, 1937 Pleasant A A dog held the center of attention doday. Overnight guests from New York, a Mr. and Mrs. Simmons, were rather loathe to leave their Irish Terrier down in the Basement Boiler room. But mister dog did not object. In the morning he found lots of friends and was soon entertaining Emma, the cook, and other of the people in the Kitchen. Naturally they couldn't resist his cunning pleas for a bite to eat and we think th's attractive canine fared wellj perhaps better than his master or mistress upstairs! At any rate he was full of pep and eager to run out-of-doors after his breakfast, He particularly enjoyed the country fields and open spaces because most of his dayr are spent in the crowded, cramped city. Tuesday, Feb 16, 1937 Cloudy Four people from Livermore Falls, Maine came : n early this morning. They were middle-aged couples. After seeing all of the rooms and express- ing their pleasure and interest in the house, one of the gentlemen vol- unteered the information that this group was just starting out for Mexico City. "We came down from Maine th s morning. This is our first stopping place. But in all our sightseeing along the way to Mexico City, we do not expect to find anything more interesting then this old Inn.' Dr. Schells group numbering 9, held their customary dinner-meeting this evening. WAYSIDE INN DIARY 7/ednesday, Feb 17, 1937 Pleasant Seventy-seven men and women in a group under the direction of Mr. Fletcher of Maynard, Mass* danced in the Ball-room this evening. This is a group of "old-timers" which has a get-together every now and then. They had dinner in the large dining room and then adjourned to the Ball-room. A four piece orchestra played the old fashioned dance tunes. We enjoyed the evening as much the guests. We like a goup of this sort very much. Thursday, Feb 18, 1937 Pleasant President and Mrs. Conant of Harvard were Luncheon guests. An uneasy, re-tle-s group of young boys and girls entered the Bar-room today. They were loathe to stand still, anxious to see what w^s not in sight- to go on to the next room. The Instructor w^s a round faced, plump little manj jolly and friendly. He called to one of the boys, "Gus, I want you to take charge and see that this group moves on when it should; that it st°ys together and that everyone listens to what the young lady has to say.*' Just then, Miss DeMille spoke in a clear, dignified way. She pointed out the Sap Bucket and mentioned the name of Calvin Coolidge. The boys stopped talking, the girls stood still. A few on the out-skirts of the group laughed and poked fun at each othe But when an explanation of the Revolutionary relics over the mantle w*s given, there was further silence, even the boys on the edge of the group were quiet. You could have heard the proverbial pin drop. The group was well in hand, in Miss DeMille' s hand. As I sifc in the Bar-room writing, I can hear that clear voice ring out. Every now and then a hearty laugh comes f r ;m the group, now in complete harmong and unison. r WAYSIDE INN DIARY Friday, Feb 19, 1937 Pleasant Our friends Mr. and Mrs. Bowker fromWorcester srrived this evening bringing with them a lovely boquet of Talisman roses. Just as they were about to depart, the children from the Mary L.-imb and Southwest schools and the young men from the Boys School, flocked through the hall. They were on their way home after giving an evening of entertainment in the Ball-room. One of the boys paused to talk with Mr. Bowker. Mrs. Bowker enjoyed the y linger children. There was a kind of homey, family atmosphere as the children bid each other good-bye. Good wishes were exchanged for a pleasant vacation week ahead. We like to have the young people here, They liven the Inn end make it ring with laughter, friendliness and good-will. Saturday, Feb 20, 1937 Pleasant Miss Fisher started off at 6 o'clock th:s morning in her For^V8 Coupe for a trip to North Carolina. She has a fine day; warm and full of sunshine. She spoke of passing Mr. Sennott on his way up from Florida. Possibly thfty will pass each other en route. Miss Fisher said: "I'll wave my hand if I see Mr. and Mrs. Sennott". A word of greeting would surely have been possible in the old stage-coach days, but not today when motor carriages carry us whizzing by each other. Postal cards froLi Mr. and Mrs. Sennott indicate that they are having a good vacation and are enjoying the w-,rmth and balmy a ir of Florida; also the tropical vegetation, the parks and beaches. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday Feb 21, 1937 P leasant Literally hundreds of people visited the Wayside Inn today. Over two hundred dined and a great many more came jusc for the purpose of seeing the house. Familiar faces and new faces were seen among the guest°. Hungary men and small children, little old ladies and busy house-wives are pausing on this holiday week-end to pay their respects to the memory of George Washington. Monday, Feb 22, 1937 Partly rain Not quite as many people today as yesterday, but over a hundred and enough to keep us busy every minute from early morning until late at night. At five o'clock this afternoon, places were set for 16 and dinner was served in the Old Kitchen. A roast of beef was turned on the Spit, attract- ing much comment and interest on the part of the many sight-seeing guests who wandered into the Old Kitchen during the afternoon. In the regular Dining room, a long table was set for 20. This was decorated with flowers, candles, and favors in honor of the Birthday of the daughter of the family of a Mr. and Mrs. Harrington. Miss DeMille called it a "Pink Party". Decorations were in pink and the guests donned pink paper hats. Tuesday, Feb 23, 1937 Pleasant There is no doubt th^t vacation week is here. Children have been trooping in every day. Mostly they are accompanied by Mother or Aunt or some elder of the family. A visit to the Wayside Inn has been a long, looked-for event and in some cases, during v^c^tion week, it is made an occasion. These youngsters sometimes stay for lunch. Then they make of it a real party. They wear their best frocks and keep on their company manners. They are quiet and considerate and listen attentively as they are shown through the house. "John had to choose between the Wayside Inn and the Navy Yard" explained one mother. Another said, "This is the third place on our list. We're trying to see all the historical houses that Mary has read about '.' Wednesday, Feb 24, 1937 Cloudy Recent well known visitors have been Mr. FU. Buxton, editor of the Boston Herald and winner of the prize for the "Best Editorial of the Year". We do not recall Ln what year, but it was a famous editorial on Calvin Coolidge. With Mr. Buxton at luncheon on Saturday was Mr. Felix Frankfurter of the Harvard Law School. Both gentlemen were engrossed in conversation and seemed oblivious to the guests around they*.- 1 he guests recognized and identified them, however, and informed us of our distinguished visitors. St WAYSIDE INN DIARY Thursday, Feb 25, 1937 Pie?, scut When Mrs. Barnard, who had lunch here today, was a girl of 7 ye3rs, she came to the Inn in a carriage. It was a sort of Longfellow pilgr '.-.age. In the party were Miss Alice Longfellow and another daughter of the poet. Mrs. Barnard told us this about the excursion: "Because I was the only child, I was uneasy and bored with the long ride from Cambridge. I can' t lecall who ran the Inn at that time, but I remember well, the terrible meal which was set before us. On the whole I had a miserable day and I have often wondered s nee if the adults really enjoyed itl" Friday, Feb 26, 1937 Pleasant This was a gala evening. In the Old Kitchen tall candles burned on the table set for six. A roast of meat sizzled on the Spit. In the dining room across the hall a long table was arranged for a Birthday dinner. The daughter of the family arrived with arms filled with presents for Daddy's Birthday. A square box contained a huge cake with a picture of a Fisherman made of icing. Flowers began to arrive and a telegram. All addressed to Dr. Sydney Morrison in whose honor the 17 guests gathered. It was a surprise, too. When Dr. Morrison walked into the dining room, there sat friends and relatives ready to give him loais of good wishes. In the Ball-room upstairs, the strains of a violin could be heard as the Boys School Dancing Class held forth. L- j ter the dinner guests adjourned to the Ball-room and were invited to join in a waltz. At 11 o'clock the Birthday guests still lingered. Before they departed, how- ever, Mrs. Morrison cut the cake again and Miss DeMille ?nd Miss Staples shared in a near-midnight feast. Saturday, Feb 27, 1937 Pie si ant It is our usual custom on this day to place a wreath on the grave of Longfellow at It. Auburn ^emetery. A large wreath of woodland greens was carried in this year as usual. We who live here cherish the memory of the great poet. We love to repeat his lines in the prelude to the Tales of a Wayside Inn. We look at his picture, not only on his Birthday, but many times every day and we are inspired by h s kind and gentle expression. Longfellow's Birthday The anniversary of the bkjth of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was born at Portland, Me., on Feb. 27, 1807, is usually noted in the public schools, when the story of his life is told and some of his 'poems are recited by the pupils. Bowdoin College, from which he graduated in 1825 and in which he once taught, also takes note of the anniversary. The house in which he lived in Portland has been bought by the Maine Historical Society, which holds a public reception there- on Feb. 27 every year. He was a I descendant on his mother's side of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, whose story he told in "The Courtship of Miles Stand- ish." From 1836 to 1854 he was professor of modern languages and belles lettres at Harvard College. He lived in a house which had been used by General Washington as his headquarters when he took command of the army in Cambridge. During his life his poetry was more popular in England than the poetry of Tennyson, the poet laureate. It csW * \r»»sc.«-i p r a / 2 T In ftAISIJE INN DIARY Sunday, Feb 28, 1937 Pleasant Sunday guests remind us of the saj Lng in our childhood days of "Richraan, poorman, beggarman . . . doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief". It seems as if they all c^me to the Wayside Inn on Sunday 1 Among the rich- man and the poorm=>n, the doctors and law^yers, we discovered today a Count and Countess Lehonborn-Budheim from Vienna. Monday, March 1, 1936 Pleasant Again it is necessary to note the weather and rercnrk on this un- usual season. "Our Crocuses are going by", a guest told us, and our own little snow-drops outside the kitchen window are no longer blossoming. The most startling sign of Spring, however, appeared tod^y in the form of a Gr~y Line Bus carrying seven sight-seers i This is our old friend of the busy Summer days when tourists are spending vacations a la Bus and the Gray Line is :ur household word i Tuesday, March 2, 1937 Cloudy It sounds incongruous 3rd out-of-place, yet we know that modern slang phrases must be heard and are he.^rd within the walls of this ancient house. And they are repe&aed with all the sincerety and earnestness which the y uing moderns who come here possess. It was really amusing to hear a young college student exclaim about things the other day, but I repeat that his enthusiasm was sincere and genuine. As he Looked at the autographs on the bottom of the famous Coolidge Sap Bucket, our young gentleman guest rem-rked: %y, do I feel Fame spreading over met" L ter when certain antique lighting devices were called to his attention we heard this up-to-date remark. "Pretty smooth, pretty smooth!" We wi-h to add again th'-.t this is recorded, not in jest or in ridicule but only for the purpose of presenting the current reactions and remarks of our guests. Wednesday, March 3, 1937 Pleas-nt There is a beautiful oblong box reposing behind the Bar. Its covering is a aretty, artistic Japanese paper and its contents are tiny J^prnese w fers. It is a present to the Hostesses from one of our Inn friends, Mr. Otsuki, student at the Massadhusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Otsuki was reminded of the wafers made in his native country when we told him .^bout the 18th -entury wafer iron hanging beside our fireplace. He wrote to his m ther in Japan and she kindly forwarded the ^bove mentioned wafers. The wafers are curious little things and not exactly pie to our taste which is, ofcourse, unaccustomed to Japa nes nu ts and spices. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Thursday, March 4, 1957 Pie s^nt The Diary of several weeks ago merit'', ned the fact that Rev. and Mrs. Norman VanP. Schwab were overnight guests. Thi3 week we have entertained the Rector of Rev. Schwab's church (St. Peter' s in Cambridge) the Rev. Frederic Lawrence. He nnd Mrs. Lawrence were overnight guests also. It is notable th^t Rev. L??<rence has ? famous father, Bishop William I. Lawrence. Friday, March 5, 1937 Pleasant Attention of guests for the past week has been centering on the Paul Revere print of the Boston Massa ere. This can be seen in the Bar room of the Inn. The Readers Diigest, a monthly publication, mentions the print at some length in its last issue. The articlt points out that Samuel Adams, Revolutionary Patriot, was a master publicity agent and sought out Paul Revere to make a dramatic cartoon of the M?ssacre. He felt that the people in general would understand a picture of British soldiers mowing down innocent men better than they would understand the compkc atiens of the Stamp Act. Thus, several hundred prints of the Massa ere were made nnd dis- tributed over the 13 colonies. Today marks the 167th anniversa ry of the deaths of the victims of the Boston Massacre, which occured M"rch 5, 1770. Saturday, March 6, 1937 Snow flurries Mr. Crowell, farm superintendent, came rushing in this morning with the news that the first baby lamb of the season has arrived. Mr. Crowell wa^ not half as excited about the lamb as he seemed to be about some twin goats, newly born. "They are as white as these curtains, right there", said Mr. Crowell. They must be cute little fellows and Mr. Crowell hopes th.^t they will have lots of admiring visitors from the Inn. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, March 7, 1937 Cold In spite of a slightly colder day °nd a real feeling of winter in the air, nearly two hundred peo ;.le enjoyed dinner here today and many others visited the house, the school and the Mill. Monday* March 8, 1937 in Children of an age inclined to be noisy were models of quiet ness "nd self possession this afternoon. It was the 7th Grade Driving Class from Framingham. After Miss DeMille had guided them through the house, they were instructed by the tea cher to divide into three groups and go into three different rooms. The Parlor, B?r-room and Old Kitdhen were chosen. The children sat down in chairs about the room and with pencil and paper started sketching some one object in the room. In the Bar-room we could hear the clock tick. Pupils made sketches of various things. Some chose the wagon seat, another the Reflector oven. In the Bar-room the bed-warmer was a popular subject for drawing. Tuesday, M^rch 9, 1937 Pleasant Four elderly ladies c°me for luncheon today and brought their sewing. After luncheon they sat through the afternoon gathered around the fireplace in the Parlor. One of the ladies reai aloud from the Tales of a W yside Inn while the others were busily engaged with their needles. Wednesday, March 10, 1937 Cold and windy Guests who come tell us about all sorts of occupations, things that they do professi nally. We hear about the Butcher, the Baker, the Candle-stick maker. Today we heard from Mrs. Howard Wood about her work a Broadcaster on the Radio. She is in charge of a Homemakers Exchange on the Station of W J A R. Phis station is in Providence, R. I. Mrs. Wood says that she often tells her homemakers about places -"here she he a been to eat. She has been to the Inn and mentioned it in her Broadcast moste than once. Thursday, March 11, 1937 Cold Found i The ~ne person in Massachusetts who has never heard of or seen the Wayside Inn. At leaat Mrs. Lame had never known that the Waysdie Inn existed until today. "And I have lived in Mo -sachusetts all my life" she said. Mra. Lame's neice had heard of the Inn, however, and ha- been here several times. Tod-y she wanted to give her ^unt • treat and thought a visit to the Inn would be pleasant* Mrs. Lme wa delighted with the place. M< ny of the old things put her in mind of her childhood when she remembered churning butter and using ? .foot- stove. We were interested Ln the things she had to tell us, but we could not seem to forget the fact that Mrs. Lame had lived in Ma ssachu^tts ofor approximately 70 years and had not heard about the Wayside Inn until today. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Friday, March 1?, 1937 Pleasant I Id lay Miss Fisher has been entertaining us with on recount of her vacation trip which was spent for the most part at Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville is the home of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson; its buildings being beautifully designed and built by him. Hiss Fisher spent a day at Williamsburg, Mf. Rockefeller's Reconstructed city. She was impressed with the meal served at the Travis House and the service of negro waiters who passed the food about with a great deal of Southern elegance and style. Miss Fisher visited the Capital, the Raleigh Tavern and Governor's Palace and noted the hostesses dressed in costumes of the Period. She remarked on the reconstruction of all the buildings and added that she was glad to be back where things were really and truly old! Saturday, M^rch 13, 1937 Snow The long, looked for and long-awainted snow-storm descended upon us today and covered the Inn with a deep, white blanket. Some city girls from a Settlement Houso in Boston threw snow balls back and forth in the fr.^nt yard. Mr. and Mrs. Gookin from Cambridge sat first in front of one window and then another to view the fresh white scene outside. Mr. Coulter shovelled paths and in the Old Kitchen Mafy w?^ busy fixing things for an Old Kitchen dinner. A team of horses went lazily by and large pieces of hard snow appeared on the floor of the front hall. All unusual incidents for th s winter. Mr. Gookin re- rarked that this was probably our last snow-storm of the season. In other words it is really our first and last snow-storm. ■<A>JC WAYSIDE INK DIARY Sunday, Mar 21 , 1937 CI oudy Connoisseurs of food; people who make a critical juhgeiDent of fools, ire often among our meal guests . We are not always iws re of this fact. loday, however, we learned that -. Catherine M. Balbri ige, Inner guest, is the lady who is schedule - conduct s cooking sch< .<! in Marlboro this week. Surely Mrs. B^l r ■-;. ,^ e knows good food and we feel somewhat flattered that she chose to come bo the Wayside Inn foi Be 1. ,/, M r !2, 1337 Pleasant Id have sat in a c :nce occupied bj the Generals Lafayette an" tngton, gvve one of today's visitors ; 11 . Our guest vt s blind, lie spoke to the hostess with much enthusi in wl • e once s°t i >wned by er king; a man irho made thousands f I »llars selling Baking powder, rhis was, apparently, •*; great event in the life of the blin.i young man. But when the hostess suggested that he sit in our writing-arm Windsor chair (said bo I ve been sat in by Washington and Lafayette) :ur guest expressed even greater pleasure. i : e grinned ad we felt th t this simple, little In- it Lven one person a big "mount f 3 Lness. Tuesday, Mar 23, 1937 Pie- sant Ihirty-four guests for luncheon bstantial number tc tie t^t : l Is served today. The group was c i I of young men and womsn from t v e Pratt Institute In Brooklyn, New York. Ihey are students in the Llbr Training School and are spen I aj iys in Boston. They seeae". be have a good time and listened attentively i Lss lie told the story of the house. 24, 1937 Pleasant Whenever Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bowker frc jester w nt to celebr-te ^n P nniversary, they come to the Wayside Inn. loday, Mrs. Bowker had a Birthday. Consequently there was n party ' j t the Inn. rhis time Mr. Bowker appeared with a l~rge coke, iecorated most artistically in pole blue and pink icing. In the hustle and bustle of getting the Birt3 ~y t-ble arrange , Miss Fisher was able to supply some caniy Easter chickens, add .ng more party spirit to the occasion. WAYSIDE INN DIARI Thursday, Mar 25, 1937 Co] q cloudy It gave much happiness to Mr. and Mrs. John ff. Kearsley of Hopedale, •3ochusetts bo see our dancing cl?ss this afternoon. As tl n tched the children in the various figures of the Quadrille, we could set Mr. Kearsley keeoing time with his feet; as if he could well remember doing the S'iine steps himself. Mr. and Mrs. Kearsley are now getting 'long in years. Today was their 48th Wedding Anniversary. Every year for the p»st seven they have spent this particular lay at the Wayside Inn. Friday, H r 26, 1937 Pleasant Our first thought each morning is whether or not we are to have 1-a-ge number of guests. If the weather is clouJy or rainy then we expect a q uiet But if the sun is shining then we prepare f ys busine~'. We ^re often surprise!, however, by the reverse order of t'r ngs! \ r r iny lay wijI br'ng many visitors tnd pie s nt y only ~ few. Ihus was the case t when we thought of the Easter week-end and th s very pleasant "Good Friday" We did a gooJ business, but not quite as much as anticipated. Saturday, M r 27, 193" Pleasant One might have paid e g~ nission price to he^r Br. John R. Hathaway, guest, give a discourse on Indian lire this afternoon. After making a trip through the house, Mr. Hathaway showed us a snail tool chest. In each little drawer were different types of arrow heads; that is, arrow he made of different kinds of stone. Mr. Hathaway explained each one carefully, told us where it was found and particular features regarding it. he also t-^ld us much about habits and traits of the Indians. E INN D] Sunday, March 28, 1957 P lea tant Of special interest on Easter, is the wepther. Today the sun shone warm and brightly, but there n \ sharp, chill wind. G^y hots md bright co- j ts n :re not in evidence is is customary on Easter Sunday. A number of Spring flowers were seen, however. Yellow jonquils decorated the tables in the dining room "ni many of the I ly guests wore boquets. Over two hundred people were serve"-. Yellow bunnies and pink icing iecorated ^n Easter-Birthday cakepresented at the t^ble of a Mr. Bowen. Monday, March 29, 1937 Pleasant Guests who came to the Bar to order te n this afternoon, found a Japanese doll standing very still on the shelf of the Bar. Ire oil is Yoshiko Otsuki. Mr. Yukio Otsuki, our J-p-nese friend from the Mass. Institute of Technology named her for his sister and presented her to the Wayside Inn. Yoshiko is s kind of farewell gift for Mr. Otsuki informed us today that he is leav ing shortly for his native count ryl "My mother dressed the doll", Mr. Otsuki explained, "and felt so prcwd of it she sent it to mel" The doll is a sweet little thing and wears 5 mask because she is supposed to be a dancer. Her long kimona is rc^ie of a gorgeous piece of silk brocade with gold and red figures . lyesday, March 30, 1937 Pleasant It has often been explained that the Redstone School occupies ■ large place in the heart of the Wayside Inn. Therefore we do not think it amiss to record an interesting bit of information about Mary Sawyer (the Mary in the poem of "Mary Had e Little Lamb"). A guest told us to- day that tn the McLe -n Hospital for the Insane at Waverly, Massachusetts can be seen sn Orange tree which belonged to Mary Sawyer Tyler. The McLean Hospital was formerly in Somerville where Mary lived. Sometimes oranges from this tree are used rfor Thanksgiving dinner, which rce?ns, ofcourse, that the tree is now a very large one. Wednesday, March 51, 1937 Cole. The good old loaves :>f bread and pies and things that II idame Howe used to make for her guests at the Wayside Inn cime forth from the depths of the Brick oven on - so-called Peel. A peel is ?. kind of flat shovel with a long handle and the one used by Madame Howe ws of hand wrought iron. We know this for a f-?ct because today the very oven peel used at the Waysdie Inn was brought home. It str • ye i s we y in 191- when Mr. Lemon presented it to Mr. A rthur Leslie Green of Newport, Rhode Island. The story is, that Mr. Lemon Thristmas p~rty and on the tree was this oven peel r is a token of friendship from Mr. Leiion to Mr. Green. It was a f ne thought for Mr. Green to return the peel t"> its original place. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Thursday, April 1, 1957 Cold At the dinner hour today, we were especia lly busy. In the midst of a small "rush", a group of boys, boys of Riga School ige, cane into the Bar-room. Ihey asked the hostess the price of dinner. When she quoted the price, the boys heaved a sigh I Ihey lacked $1.50 of the tot 1 amount neededl For a moment it lookei as if they would h->ve to forego the pleasure of dinner ;t the Wayside Inn. Then a guiet youth in the back- ground came to the rescue. "See here, boys", he said, r T -, ven't done mud towards the trip so f--.tr, so I'll give the 1.50. rhese five young men lingerei long at tiie dinner table, ihey laughed tnd joked I Other guests in the dining room become intereatea and introduced themselves inforsl lly. It ieveloped th j .t the boys irere enjoying a two-day sight seeing sojourn in New England. Their English teachei given them \ certain amount of money to be spent only for the purpose of buying b meal at the Wayside Inn. On leaving, .all declared that this long-looke d-f or event ws nrt in the least disappointing. The quiet youth 9 Ld that he felt juatifiel in contributing the extra '1.50. The jpous c^me from Rutherford, New Jwrsey. Friday, April Z, 1956 Cloudy A demure, quaint little girl carried a large note book and pencil in hand today and as the hostess explained thhigs, a drawing was made in the note book. First a sq upre was drawn to represent the room itself. Then each piece of furniture was placed in its proper position. A fter two or three rooms had been covered i this way, the child explained that she I been chosen to head a group of eight children who were to write a bout the Yfayside Inn. "I have told -11 the children to come to the T nn, but me, this is going to be a big job", sighed the iemure little maid. It lid seem a bit tedious to the hostess an ; the child was snowing signs of fa tigue. Therefore, there was a consultation and the pla n fully explained. A final decision w s made to assign each child one room only. ft list : r the eight most Important rooms was given. In this wa y, the ts sk will be simplifie" and clarified. Saturday , April 3, 1937 Cloudy "I love this pi ace. When I'm in this part of the country I always make it a point to come here. I love all this old stuff, its gre^.t, just the kind of thing that suits me. When I came to the Rodeo 1^3t ye f ;r I stopped here. Can't go by. Nov/ when I'm in Oklahoma - - " So 'jn jnd on goes Mr. Frank Mix whenever he makes a vi lit to the Wayside Inn. He cime today. Short and brusque in his speech -.n i with what we might call b£«- typical cow-boy manners, he is, nevertheless, genuine and sincere. He is a cousin of lom Mix, famed movie actor and a goo; frien the l"te Will Rogers . WAXSIDE INI Sunday, April 4, 1937 Cloudy Two or three lays ago we received three charming letters. They were written by small children *.n the Broadbrook, Connecticut school. The letters, in large childish handwriting, informed U3 that on Sunday morning, April 4th, a group of children with their teacher would visit the Inn. We were watching and wa iting this morning and sure enough, about 11 o'clock, a bunch of little boys and girls with a tall teacher appeared. They were quiet, little youngster:'. . Ltl large bright eyes and . istened to every word of the hostess. The h?stess praise' b for the though tfulness and p^ins t^ken to write us the nice letters. iSore frequently we receive letters after a visit r ther than before. Monday, April 5, 1937 Cloudy and c When Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker from Worcester -iir.e ,: here on last Friday evening, Mr. Bowker wrote the following lines as he sat it the dinner table. Inst: ' "On the Window at Su-ibury" - referring to the famous verse by Wn Holineaux, Mr. Bowker begins: On the dinner table: My health is good By features roun I Good things of life do me surround By very soul is free from sin Mine host s been the Wayside Inn Tuesday, April 6, 1937 In "Ha ppy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you'' — sang 10 little girls in the dining room today as a little Miss Blanchard cut a large cake on her 10th Birthday. After luncheon 10 lovely gifts were opened in the samll Ball-room where the party adjourned for games. It w a r- re treTt for these young ladles to dine out. Later they went tc the sheep barn to see the baby lambs aid goats. Wednesday, ^pril 7, 193/ rtly cloudy Miss Margery Fisher, aister of our Miss Fisher, is a tea cher in the Belmont, Massachusetts Day School. Eo->~y she brou^ it id of her pupils for luncheon at the Inn. during the afternoon i visit was mi he be .*ee the new born lambs. Mr. hebe, caretaker - : n t a sheep b-rn, let tie children b i baby lamb in the! - La pleased the b^ys and to irls beyond war Not very long after the te ,: cher ieparted, ■ teleph ne c 11 came froir the school asking if a Wayside Inn larab could be purchase:!. The children wa nt one to keep ^.'t their school for a pet. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Ihursd-y, April 8, 1937 Cloudy A I shaped arrangement of tables in the new dining room made a fine setting for a large dinner tonight. Ihe dinner w.-.s held by Banking executives from Hudson, Bass* Forty-two men were served, Baking a total of 106 for the day. Friday, April J&, 1937 Rain Miss DeMille wa s surprised this morning when a large Bus load o£ young ladies arrived. Ihey were members of the Wheaton College , Illinois, Glee Club. When Miss DeMille learned this fact she asked then to sing. Ihey willingly responded with "Ihe Lord 3e With You." One of the girls ployed "Ave Maris" and "Chinese Lull 3 by n on Miss DeMille' a violin. From the friendly walls of the Bar-rpom th is lovely music resounded through the old house. Miss Fisher heard it on the third floor. Agnes listened from the pantry. It was a grea t treat for us and likewise for these young students, ihey seemed unusually sci stive of i visit be the Wayside Inn. Saturday, Aprils, 1937 Pleasant A Children's Friendship lour conducted by a man Ls wife fr Framingham, case to the Inn this afternoon. The group consisted of children from several towns n and around Boston. Abbott Graves, artist, was e member of the Paint and Clay Club, frequenters of the Inn during Mr. Lemon's regime. His widow and daughter paid us a visit this week. An enthusiastic visitor o£ last Monday was Rev. Wm. F. S : t of A uburn, Mass. In 19d8 Rev Smith was in charge of the Catholic parish in Sterling, Mass. On a visit to the Wayside Inn in that year he gave a short talk to pupils of the Redstone School. Exactly one hundred guests were served tad; . WAYSIDE INK DIARY Sunday, April 11, 1937 Partly cloudy The hostess must m-int-in her poise under any circumstances; that is, she neels to remain lignifiea -aid courteous whatever t'.e moment brings forth. Sometimes it is a very funny happening and °gin it may be a ve^y 3' thin, . But we are dealing with hum-n nature :n i its uncertainties. Therefore we find it necessary to quickly adjust ourselves tr> the various types of human beings who c:>me to the Wayside Ir.n. Ihey are varied sa to ~ge; old men Find young women, tiny tots gni middle aged parents. Their interests in life are varied. There are clertymen and business Hen, -etc.. lawyers - . Wit :ne person, we find 3-urselves symapthizing over the loss of ; iear member of the family snd in the next instr.nt, we might say , we are laughing with b *!*rie^i : ■ • told an amusing story. Ifith the very small children we try t- ' tely win their confiience. Sophisticated modern boys and irl^ lege require ifferent treatment. Phus the Wayside Inn hostess meets, as best she c^n, these interesting changes throughout s busy Sunday. Monday, April 12, 1937 . tly cloudy It has been a long time since the Wayside Inn appeared in print; that a newspaper account or magazine article has been written "bout it. Every now and then, however, the Wayside Inn is mentioned in contemporary literature. In connection with Longfellow, we fine it spoken of in the recent book called The Flowering of New England" by Van Wyck Brooks. This is a book of exceptional merit in its discussion of the literary characters of Ne?. England in the first half of the half o f the 19th century; Longfellow, Emerson, Ihare iu, Hawthorne, Mr. Brooks says that our poet ranged over New England, Norway, It^ly and Sp ain in the Tales of a Wayside Inn, "the old Sulbury Tavern on the p ost road to New York, where he resembled in fancy in imitation of Chaucer, some of friends, the poet Dr. Parsons, the Sicilian Luigi Monti the landlord I . we etc." In the April issue of ''Y-nkee" a comparatively new magazine, are photographs of some od the ,'!0C old houses of New Engl nd aen to the Public. A nice picture of the Wayside Inn is shown. Tuesday, April 13, 193. P rtly cloudy Everywhere abound the Inn there are indications that Spring is here, mas raked Lilacs bu I 5 e' : I'i-y different birds Board walks re Plants uncover e Straw hats Lambs rbles j s longer WAYS Wednesd ly, April 14, 1937 Pleasant and worm Another Glee Club favored us with g visit today, but not wi,th vocal selections aa did the group of last week. Ihis time the 36 students were a 11 young men, members of the North P.rk College hen's Glee Club of CM , Illinois. Ihey were to sing n the Swedish Congregati nal Church in Boston this evening. Thursday , April 15, 1937 Cloudy and Warm Ihe other evening we receive! s telephone call from Washington, D. C. asking if Colonel Walter C. I I inner guest \ ere. VJe know Eolonel B"ker well. He . B*ier ore frequent ..inner guests and ver^ often bring friends with thee. We have met General and \ Imirals and c ll kinds of ranking officers of the Army and N-^vy through the Bakers, roday^ the Boston Globe printed - picture and story about Colonel Baker. His app intment as chief of the Chemical Warfare Service with the r°.nk of M gor General h< s Just been announced. Friday, April 16, 1937 rtly clouiy Ihe dancing clasa of the Redstone School had an appreciative audience this afternoon. At just about lancing time, 24 youngsters from the 8th Grade in Bellingham Center, Massachusetts came to see the house, lifter the usual tour through the rooms, this group sat iown quietly in the large Boll room and watched our children dance. Hiss Oehme, the teacher w~s much pleased with the on-lookers ana afterwards expressed a desire to have "11 children in small country schools have the advantage of learning the old fashioned dances. She said that it had always been her dream to have lancing classes made possible for children in the out-of-the-way District Schools. Ihe Bellingham Center School is just such a school and we -re glad that these children had the opportunity this afternoon of seening the dances executed. Saturday, April 17, 1937 ? leasant r "Billy" Phelps, aa he is generally called around the Yale campus, was here today. His modesty, we suppose, prevented him from disclosing his iientity immediately on arrival, but a member of his party took the hostess aside and ann unced that the man with broad face, pleasnat smile and bright eyes wa Proffessor Phelps. He remarked that he had come at Mr. Ford's request. Mis courteous manner and deep interest 'n the house charmed us s 11. After luncheon and a trip through the house, he was asked to sign in the Pegister book. This is what he wrote: A wonderful place Gratefully y^urs, William Lyon Phelps Another Childrens Friendship Tour visited tie house today. Ihis time children sow the house, iivided into groups ) each. WAXSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, April 18, 1937 Pie isant Miss Louise Brooks and her nephew, week-end guests, have been taking long w Iks around the Inn and hare reported seeing about 15 different kinds of birds in the vicinity. Hiss Brooks made a list of them for us. Mr. Edward Brooks, the nephew, is 9 his torisn of some note. He baa written a biography of a Revol- utionary hero, as yet unpublished. Miss Brooks bold us that this wa.- the firtst ime her nephew had visiter the Inn '-ma Sue said:" He is completely sold on the plicel" Some of the birds seen by Miss Brocks. Robin Bluebird Song sparrow Swift Field sparrow Chickadee C row Wood duck Blackbird Swallow Ipecker Phoebe M onday, April 19, 1937 Very w Pleasant We felt today that we were, in a way, having >ur own celebration on the anniversary of the Battle of Concord and Lexington. No military para des passed our ioor, and no b- j n:ls played patriotic music, but in the Inn we had several pieces to remind us of the ^.-j. Our guests showed more than usual hnterest *s we drew their attention to the prints made by Paul Revere, to the gun hanging over the fire- piece used in the Battle of Concord and Lexington, and seemed to enjoy the few lines quoted from the "Landlord's I ale". Ihis is the most summery dry we haVe had so far and sightseers c^me in great numbers. 172 Meals were served Members of I he D'Oyley Carte Bpera Company of London signed in our guest book. They are presenting Gilb .rt and Sulliv:n Operas at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. Tuesday, April 10, 1937 Fair Hardly a day goes by without a few bic ycle riders paying us a visit. One day last week some boys and girls came ^ut from mbrii^e, twc of the group riding on a tandem. Yeste day eleven girl scouts and c ampfire girls rode over with their leaders from the Youth II ostel in Nobscot. Many of these camps have been opened throughout M usetts to encourage bicycle riding. The girls were thrilled wit] their visit and when they a rrived here, were on their my to visit Concord, Lexin?tan and to stay over night at Cedar Hill, a girl scout c imp in If ltham, returning to their homes in Quincy tonight. WAYSlhE INN D3 Wednesday, April 21, 1937 Cloudy This h c s been ° day of lays for school groups. Stfl rtlng ea rly this morning children seemed to come from everywhere . The first to come were little fourth graders from the Elmdale School in Uxbridge. While they were still in the house another little group arrived.. . the Sunshine 4 H Club from the Community Center, West Newton. Other groups were from: The North End Nurse ry School Phi Delta Phi Sorority of Maiden high SchooJ The Newsboys' Fjun d-- tion, Boston Childrens' Friendship lour Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Liversidge of CynwyJ, Pa. were overnight guests again last night. They have : sunnier hone in Kennebunkport, Maine and always plan to stay with us when going to, or coming bock from there. Thursday, April 22, 1937 Heavy rain Very few guests ventured out in the storm tola y. We have been thinking of Miss Staples aping that the weather man s being gc to her while she is on her few lays trip to New Jersey. Friday, April 25, 1937 Rain - Light snow during night The Southwest and Redstone School children a re enjoying their Spring vac ation so no dancing cla sses were held this afternoon. The boys classes were held as usual this evening. We thing the boys and girls a re doing very well ind they certo inly enjoy the favor dances. Miss Deface has many original Lde i introduces something different each week. I.les. Austill of Framinghara cam* y with 40 pupils on a Children's Friendship lour. Saturday, A pril 24, 1937 Pleasant It is unusual to turn away overnight guests at this time of year. But such w*> the case today. We lacked accomodation for 15 psoole v would have liked to spend the night here. Consequently every room we had available was occupied. Our overnight guests included Mr. ndnM s. Fred Black and daughter Joyce from Dearborn. Also our old frienis Mr. n. Stillman from Westerly R. I., a lovely family including two children ~n.; a "Grandpa" from Bridgeport, Conn, and • sweet young bri ie and groom. IfHS Youth Hostels Idea ^Kpreaos^Across U. S. During the past few years the fanned for those who like to live Youth Hostel movement has sprung up in America in answer to a need voiced by the young people of this country to get away from city pave- ments and apartment houses into the open. A large percentage of these young people, with deep-root- ed desire and longing for travel, found that even though their bi- cycles provided economical means of locomotion they were handi- capped because of the lack of suit- able low-cost overnight lodgings. It was to fill this need that the American Youth Hostel Association, Inc., was formed and the first Youth Hostel established at Northfield by Isabel and Monroe Smith. Today there are over 80 such hostels in New England alone and the movement has spread throughout the whole country. Four thousand Youth Hostels exist in 18 countries throughout the world, and in 1934 the American Youth Hostel Association was recog- nized as the 18th to be included in the International Youth Hostel group. A Youth Hostel building includes separate sleeping rooms for girls and boys, separate washrooms and like facilities, a common kitchen, dining room, and recrea'ional room, and private quarters for parents. Each Youth Hostel is primarily in- tended for those who travel by bi- cycle, though hikers and horseback riders are also hostelers. They are ruggedly and simply, like to cook their own meals and who wish — or must — travel economically. De- spite the name, "Youth Hostels," the facilities of each is open to anyone ranging in age from 4 to 94. The American Youth Hostel or- ganization issues passes — a so-called youth pass being valid for an indi- vidual under 25 and costing $1; an adult pass, for anyone over 25, costfc ing $2; a family or organization pass, for a group of not more titan 10, costing $5. Any American Youth Hostel pass entitles the holder to the use of all Youth Hostels in the world, and during the first five months of 1936, 1897 passes were issued, which would seem to indi- cate a strong interest in the move- ment. Any one who holds an American Youth pass is free to become a mem- ber of the Youth Hostel Council whose privilege it is to suggest changes of policy to the national organization. In addition to the cost of the pass, an overnight fee of 25 cents is charged at each hostel. This in- cludes bed, blankets and all hostel facilities. Fuel costs an added 5 cents to 10 cents, depending on the season of the year, and for those who bring their own tents and blankets and do not stay over night in the hostel, the charge is 10 cents per traveler, plus 5 cents for fuel. .IDE INN DIARY iundsy, April 25, 1937 Pleasant The overnight guests required our at tent ion this morning. The Fatten family drove off early toward! their home in Connecticut. Mr. ■ n- . . .tillraan rode around the vicinity in search of antique -hops. The Bride and Groom decided to stsy over another day. Mr. and Mrs. Black aid Joyce bid farewell about eleven o'clock. The rest of the day was well spent in taking c?re of a large number of dinner quests; 206 in all. Monday, April 26, 1937 Pleasant The lambs have been as popular as ever thi - Spring. The other day a gentleman *arae to the door end a.. ked to be directed to the lambs. 6 don't cs;re about seeing the Inn in, ve came purposely to visit the lambs. A friend told us to come" he said. Mi ny of our guests now plan an annual pilgrimage to our sheep barn in the Spring. Joseph McDoncld with a. 1937 lsmb YSIDE INN DIARY Tuesday, April 27, 1937 Rain Dr. and Mr . Schaper, overnight guests la.jt night, vere quiet, modest people. Ws found them standing on the front door step in the evening watching for the man to come and light the lamps in the yard. Then we got a little better acquainted. Dr. Schaper "wrrmed up" and told us about a wonderful trip which he has planned. Starting by motor err fro:?. California, the Schapers have circled the southern half of the United States and New England. The latter part of May they will sail from New York for Europe. Coning back to the United States their journey- home will take the;: over the northern part of the U. 3. and Canada. "7e*re taking it leisure ly" , said Dr. schaper, "and expect to be away from, hone for about 2 years. -'- ."ednesday, April 28, 1937 rtly rain v:e've found out that Mr. and Mrs . Austill live in Fra: - ingham and that Mr. Au... till ; is the new Presbyterian minister there. This Spring the Austills started Friendship Tours for hool children. Children fror. neighboring towns are invited, at a certain cost - to join in an all day sight-seeing tour of historic places. This plan has proved to be very successful. More children than were expected hr-ve enrolled r nd have enjoyed the trip beyond any expectations. The Wayside Inr. has been includsd in the Austin's itinerary and we have entertained several hundred of their children in the pa . t two weeks. Today, four bus lords from Ho pedals . arrived on the Friendship Tour schedule. Thursday, April 29, 1937 Fair An attractive youngster fron Vermont was being entertained at dinner this evening. Her hosts were Mr. and Mrs Fyles, an elderly couple and their guest a sweet young lady. She seemed 8 little country-f ied, but alert and keen to know of everything about the Inn. ",'e told her of the dancing class which was held this evening. She watched our boys and girls for a few minute ■ and then was invited by one of the boys to join in the dancing. 'Veil, we looked on then, and found the young lady to be full;of smiles and interested in all the old ste joon she was having the tino of her life, r ., Mr . Fyle j expressed it. We c ^gine what it meant to this rr.oce st little girl. :n she returns to her small village in Vermont, this dancing class at ide Inn will stand out as a great big event. ?;ayside inn diary Friday, April 30, 1937 Pleasant The evening groups of visitor.: differ eme what front the day-time grouos. For one thing, they consist of more men; business, rnen who ?re relaxing at the tima of their evening meal. Evening guests like to linger around the fireplace ;. Frequently they are people, who come a^ the gue_ts of friend-. Mr. 3o and 3o is entertaining his be or the Jones family has brought the Brown family to dinner at the "'ayside Inn. Some tires tliey want their friends to hear about the house; sometimes they want to talk among themselves in a semi-circle near the fire-place. Quests tonight were three executives of the Crosby-" ; aahburn Company from Minneapolis - guests of Mr. and Mrs. Schall; Mr.S^u^w of Lever Bros, in Cambridge. After a trip through the house, books and post tarda v.ere bought for the families back home. Saturday, May 1, 193 7 Pleasant The writer waa not at the Inn today, but she heard on all; sides, about a new family who visited the Inn today. The family, consisting of mother, father and three children, have recently come to live in America from Ana tr alia. They will be near us, in Lancaster, Iftasa* From reports of their interaat and enthusiasm for the house wo expect to aaa them frequently. The mother waa a sweet, lovely lady and the daughters were beautiful; to look at. One daughter is a lover of horses and when visiting the Royal Stables in London, waa presented horse ^/ shoes from the saddle horses of Princess Elizabeth and Prince rgaret Rose. The whole family were so kind ana friendly that they made a deep impression. Wa hone that they will eventually become members of the Icrge Wayadda Inn family. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday May 2, 1937 Pleasant The vogue of going out for Breakfa t struck the Wayside Inn this morning. Four pretty young ladies from Wellesley College decided to have breakfast here. They made an early start and arrived at the Inn before eight o 1 clack. One of the girls explained that she wa~> born and brought up in Massachusetts nn3 wanted to 3how her class mates the "sights". The class mates represented three different states, Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Dakota. Wellesley College girls in the "old" days used to ride over to the Inn on bicycles. We doubt, however, if they ever arrived in time for Breakfa -»t. Monday, May 3, 1937 Pleasant A kindly, white haired gentleman gave his order for luncheon this noon under the name of Maxfield P-^rrish. When we asked Lf he was an artist he modestly confesss.d to bing the well known painter. Instantly th se pictures of several years ago case bo our mind, the blues and orange" colors which Mr. Parrish blended so beautifully. In making the unusual settings in deep tones of blue, Mr. P rrish identified himself as an outstanding artist. He registered from Cornish, New H mpshire, the artist colony noted as the residence of St. Gaudens, the sculptor. Tuesday, May 4, 1937 Cloudy We have tried to prepare ourselves for almost any emergency. The emergency today arose when a lady from New Hampshire informod us that this was her Birthday. She said it in such a way that it made us feel as if we would like to go right down to the Kitchen and make her a large cake and put candles on it. Time, ofcourse, prevented. Instead, Miss DeMille ran to the Emergency drairer and pulled out ribbon and a oaper doiley. Then she went ot the Garden *nd ricked a few hyacinths and daffodils. In a very short time a sweet little boquet was made and put on the luncheon table at the place of our lady from New Hampshire. Im- agine her surprise when she saw the quaint little nosegayl That she was surprised and delighted is putting it mildly. The nosegay stayed pinned on her dress Tor the rest of the arternoon and we imagine that the thought of it will remian through many a long day. Wednesday, May 5, 1937 Cloudy Today ire began unpiling the oile of reservations which have been accumalatin'T for the past several months. Ucny reservations have been made in advnce for l°rge luncheon and dinner groups during the months of My and June. TheBe re kept in a special place behind the Bar and include reservations for womens clubs, convention groups, various societies and schools. Some if them are annual affair 3 j a class reunion or a Spring luncheon. The latter was the case today when the Ayer, Ma^s. Womans Club held their luncheon here. Seventy-nine members were present. wayside :nn d ary SAM op gas MMPffi m Ono autumn night, in Sudbury torn, Across the moadows bsaio and brown, Tho windows of tho Wayside Inn Gloamod rod with f iro-light thru tho loavos Of woodbine, hanging from the oaves Their crimson curtains rent and thin. ' As ono Lent is this hostelry As any in tho land may be Built in tho old colonial day When men lived in a grander way With ampler hospitality. Then silence followo^jthon bogan A clamor for tho Landlord's talo- . .(And) Finding excuse of no avail Yioldod* and thus tho story ran* » "Listen, my children, and you shall hear, Of tho midnight ride of Paul Rovoro, On tho eighteenth of April, ln f 75, Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. Sheets .like the above are distributed to evenry child in the Friendship Tour groups. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Thursday, May 6, 1937 P rtly cloudy Once in a while a guest will tell U3 some particular thing about the Inn which we have never heard of or read about. A gentleman today pointed to a beam in the Bar room ceiling. He told us that on it, if we looked closely, we would find round marks like rings. Mr. Lemon told the gentleman that these marks were made during the Revolutionary War when soldiers coming into the Bar-room put the ends of their muskets - the barrell end - up aginst the Beam. On close examination we found the r'ngs and also measured the end of our Revolutionary musket against them. This makes an interesting story for our guests. The small boys especially will enjoy it. Friday, My 7, 1937 Cloudy Loud applause came from the direction of the Ball room this evening as our boys and girls performed a Singing Quadrills. That seems to be a favorite dance with the cla ss. Many of our dinner guests enjoyed it too. They sat very still watching it and when ended, they clapped their hands and asked for iiore. Miss Oehme said that she had planned to have the class in soihe other dance, but when she wsaw the unusually large number of on-lookers, she changed her mind and asked for the Singing Quadrille. Some of the guests joined in a Waltz and several stayed through to the last grand march when couples bowed to each other in a formal "Goodnight". One gentleman said th->t this was the best evening he had spent in a long time. Saturday, May 8, 1937 Partly cloudy Naturally we want to write again about Mr. and Mrs* Austill because they have been very sweet to us this week. They sent us a large box of candy in appreciation of our kindness to their many children. La^.t week we told in the diary of the Friendship Tour groups and what a fine thing Mr. and Mrs. Austill are doing in giving hundreds of children the opportunity of visiting historical places. Today they came again - 4 Bus loads in the morning and 6 Bus leads in the afternoon - 40 children to a Bus. Therefore we were kept n;ore than busy all day. Added to the Friend- ship Tours were other school groups during the day. These included: 'lillbury, Mass Junior High School Lakeview School - Yv'orcester Peterboro, N. H. High School Boy Scouts from Westerly, R. I. oses Brown School, Providence, R. I. Ballard School, East Saugus, Mass. In the evening 40 members of the Queens of Avalon Society in Marlboro celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a diimer in the large dining room and entertainment later in the Ball-room. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, may 9, 1937 Partly cloudy ^others Day brought to the Inn several faaily parties with a ..other a guest of honor. Over 300 people were served in the dining room. Sixty came for Breakfast. They were members of the Catholic Womans Club fro..: Concord, Lia ss. L rge sprays of apple blossoms decorated the dining roo ..: and made a lovely May time setting. A violin and piano furnished music. Familiar tunes were piayed including selections from "kaytime", the popular musical comedy by Jerome Kern. Monday, way 10, 1937 Cloudy Two gentlemen started to hear the story of the house today. Very soon in the proceedings the hostess discovered that these guests were more In- terested In the furniture than In the history of the house. They were on their knees looking under tables =md feeling of the spindles in b^cks of chairs. Then one would say to the other: "isn't tins a beauty, or did you notice the wood here". All through the house, the hostess had a d'ff'cult time "getting a v;ord in edgeways". She understood, however. One gentle- man was the buyer of furniture at Bullocks, a very large store "n Los Angeles. The other was the Interior Decorator In the same store. Tuesday, May 11, 1937 Pleasant A meeting which lasted nearly all day wa - held in the Small Ball root . It started at 9 o'clock th s corning with a groun of men singing hymns. Echoes of their voices came dov.-n to us and resounded through the hruse. They were Y. li. C. A. Secretaries holding a monthly luncheon -eet'ng. This evening a dinner was served in the old kitchen. Not cooked n front of the fire but served there from our very up-to-date modern kitchen. WAYS. D^ NN D "ART Wednesday, May 12, 1937 Pleasant Recent Visitors Barbara Jo Long of 21C Riverway, Boston : .n our little ch Ids chair fro-:: the Bar-rooin A group of Girl Scouts Apr":! 19, 1957 r. ?mi . r3. Ralph C. Patenter and fat Lly fro Spr ngfleld, Lass. all descendants of the Par: enter". Picture tnken it our "Pan enter Si ster 3" hou "?e. MYSIDE INN D ARY Thursday, May, 15, 1937 Cloudy Several large groups visited the Inn today. All of theE stayed for lunch. Briefly they were as follows: The Alturian Club from Shirley, Lia 3S. w 4 th 32 nimbers. Same club at the Inn in 1898. Worn an s Club of Herrinac, ''ass. with ?.l ladies transported here in a Bus. A Mrs. Butcher with 1? friends. 9th Grade, St. Rose School from Chelsea, Mass* A picnic lunch eaten out-of-doors. Friday, May 14, 1937 Rain Again we would J ike to write about the dancing class. This time the cla;?s of the Southwest School. Ihey cane this afternoon. What we enjoyed particularly was the fact that the young ladies, or girls, wore apple blosson.s In their hair. Some of then had made a sort of croMi of the blossoms; others had a wreath and one wore two tiny blossoms low In the back of her neck. Ihey looked like Apple Blossom princesses. We hear of Apple Blossom queens, but v;e th'nk th«t our Southwest girls looked as pretty in their informal Apple Blossons as any pre-arranged Apple Blossom Queen. Saturday, May 15, 1937 Cloudy A touching little _nc ; dent occured this afternoon. T t was during the visit of a large group of school children and happened n the Small Ball Room. This is where the hostess ends her story of the house. She tells about the Ball room itself and the old fashioned dancing. Then she explains about the things outside, on the grounds, to see. If the children have been especially good and attnetive she thanks the:.' for it. A little girl of 8 years had been an especially good listener this after- noon. She stayed close to the hostess. Then when the end of the story csme, she took the hostess a ide, edged up to her and bashfully put some- thing into her hand. The hostess felt of it and looked. It was a five- cent piece. "I want you to take it. You told the sof^r" the little miss said. WAIST Dfi INN DEARY Sunday, lay 16, 19 7 Plea-.ant Tt is not very often, in fact we cannot remember a tii^e when a Baby carriage was seen in front ~f the Tnn. We have a great i^any babies arrive n arms or in baskets, but to see a faiily strolling down the drive way pushing a baby carriage is an unusual sight. The picture shows a collapsible go-cirt. The faally is typical of our Sunday afternoon visitors. WAYSIDE INN DIARY. Monday, ivi y 17, 1937 Showers The Alturian Club from Shirley, Massachusetts which came to the Inn last week, contributed something for our Historical file. The Secretary had with her an account of the Clubs visit to the T nn in the year 1898. It is quite a lengthy account and tells about the train ride to Sudbury from Shirley, a comparatively few miles distant. Two or three times the ladies had to change trains. On arrival at the Sudbury station they were taken to the Wayside Inn in a large "Barge". The description of the Inn is very similar to other accounts of the Inn at this period. We were particularly Interested, however, in this part of it: "All of the rooms contain much old fashioned furniture that silently speaks of history and family comedies and tragedies but if the romantic side of our nature had an imaginat 'on for flight, the wings did not appear and we were kept to the practical side of things by our guide who represented the exactness and methodical uianner which we are told indicates a business capacity in man, altho 1 in this case the person was a woman, who gave us dry hard facts for our comprehension." wayslde inn diary Tuesday, May 18, 1937 Partly cloudy Childrens voices were heard. Down the front wslk cai.e queer looking little children; queer because they were dressed in Puritan clothes. The girls wore long full dresses with white kerchiefs; the boys, knee breeches with long brown tunics. Instead of being dignified, quiet, sober children as their dress would suggest, they were gay and bright, They ran towards the house and pointed to the Red Horse prancing on the Sign. Inside they called to each other: "look, look at this'." They sat on the settle before the open fire and hen ushered into the old dining room they naturally, without any hesitation sat down at the table. Then they pretneded to eat from pewter porringers and passed around imaginary corn meal mush. In the kitchen they found the butter churn, candle moulds, Betty lamps, all familiar . The Parlor story w^s well known. These child- ren came from Cambridge, the home of Longfellow. After a few minutes they no longer looked queer to us. They belonged here, harmonized with the place. It was as if they had always lived at the Wayside Inn. L-ter a frolic took place on the lawn. Then the minister called a meeting. The congregation sat in rows on the green grass while the minister, with a deacon on one side and the "Hour glass man" on the other raised his hands in a spitit of worship. A hymn was sung. Ou- only regret was that these children could not live on forever at the Wayside Inn. WAYSIDE INN DIARY 1/vednesday, Hay 19, 1937 Ra-n One of our old friends is pictured. He is Mr. Lawrence Dav.e, Roving Reporter of the Boston Herald and recent traveller in Europe. His usual aeans of transportation to the *.nn fron Boston is by "Rosy" the bicycle shown in the picture. "Rosy" wa nuch bedecked with apple blossoms and lilacs when she started off with her master for the city. ...r. Dau:e appeared in a pale blue Austrian sport suit a quired during his w'nter European travels. WAYSIDE INN DTARY Thursday, May 20, 1937 Pleasant Doings of our visitors fill most of the pages of the Diary. There are some visitors, however, very seldom mentioned. They are the dogs who v : sit the inn with master or aistress. Like Gary's lar:b they wait patiently about the fron door 'till o aster does appear. n the meantime they receive ouch attention. They are petted and patted, ^f not they Sonet ines bark and pull at their leach. After a while, however, they settle down to a nap In the shade of the lilac bush. Today we caught these two dogs, very much awake, sitting on top of the Pump. Friday, May, 21, 1937 Pleasant The garden has come into its own again. Its lovely appearance is commented on every day. Some of the garden has already been brought into the house j jonquils and tulips and lilacs. Guests enjoy a stroll in the garden before dinner or after dinner "in the twilight. The Lawns are especially smooth and green this year. WAYS.'DE INN DIARY Saturday, May 22, 1937 Partly cloudy This has been a week so full of school ch ldren and dinner guests hat v<e cannot do better than to set down the names and number of visitors n each special party. The reader en then judge for himself how full a week we have had at the Wayside inn. May 18 May 20 May 21 M-y 22 Shady Hill School Cambridge, Euass. Am Linen Supply Assoc. Sharon High School Sharon, ;,; iass. :.irs. Gragg Clarendon St. School Fitchburg, s.ass Teachers College of Conn. Nev- Britain, Conn. Woodland St. School Worcester, Mass. Gilbertville . Grainuar S c hool Gilbertville, ;-ass. Little Sisters, Christ Church M alt ham, Mass. [..art ins Corner School Hooksett, N. H. Grade 4, Runkle School ^rookline, M ass. Grade 8 Narrangansett, R. I. Rectory School Pomfret, Conn. English Lutheran Church ^orcec5ter, i..ass. Bancroft School, Auburn, ''.ass. 12 pupils 86 Luncheons 40 Seniors 28 Luncheons 63 pupils 50 students 35 pupils 46 pupils 20 pupils 35 pupils 25 pupils 22 pupils 38 boys 35 dinners 40 pupils WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, irfay 23, 1937 Cloudy Not "bright" but early this morning 3 artists with artist trappings were seen close to the front door of the Inn. They *.ere sketching the door-way. Our lilac bushes are in full bloom on either side of the door and this makes a truly quaint and beautiful picture. There is a white lilac oil one side and a lavender bush n the other. This is Lilac Sunday, by the way. Here at the Wayside Inn we are observing it to the fullest extent. Lilacs scent the air everywhere and the several lilac hedges are filled with blossoms. Best of all lilacs at the Wayside Inn are the deep purple variety seen ^t the "Parmenter Sisters" place. Monday, .«ay 24, 1937 Cloudy From the farm has come word of the acquisition of baby oxen. The picture shows then drawn up in front of the Inn. They are being given a formal welcome to their new home. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Tuesday, way 25, 1937 Pleasant We were very much amused by a storytold us by an overnight guest. He said that in Italy our familiar bed warmers or warm '.ng pans are called "i,ionks n . Once a lady was entertaining her brother who was a monk, a member of the clergy. The lady, wish ng to please her guests, said to a servant, "Please get the monk and vara the beds." After an interval of a half hour or so, the monk, the brother of the kind lady appeared. Looking very dejected he said: "I can't stay here. r 've been put nto five beds to w.?rm them and I can't stand it any longer 1" Wednesday, h y 26, 1937 Pleasant As the school year nears its close we beg n to feel well acquainted with our school children. We know that there will be a big space at the Wayside Inn when they are gone through the Summer. Altho' they are busy with their own work much f the time, we at least know that they are close by. On Fridays they are always here for their dancing lesson and we will miss them very much. Here are four little ladies from the Southwest School, WAYSIDE INN DIARY Thursday, M-y 27, 1937 Pleasant Early th'.s morning there was a hustling and bu3tl'ng all through the house. Preparat.i;ns were being made for the luncheon of the H rvard Woicans Club of Boston. 163 members assembled in the large dining room and were served a chicken luncheon at 1 o'clock. Guests of honor sat at one long table decorated wHh crimson roses (Harvard colors). Ladies were dressed Ln flowery print dresses. After lunch- eon a few short speeches were given and guests adjourned to the gardens, the Marys L j;b School or joined on a tour through the h^use. A long afternoon was spent in the Msy t ime setting of the Inn. Lany guests spoke of a most enjoyable t'u;;e. Friday, Lay 28, 1937 Cloudy At least two people found the dancing class this evening a most enjoyable event. They were Dr. E. P. Hoyden, well known surgeon of Boston, a guest who has been stay ng at the Inn for several days. He is resting and writing a book. The other person was a Mrs. Heald, neice of iliss Oehme the danc ng teacher. Irs. Heald, a pretty, attractive girl, ha recently lost her husband. She is left wHh a tiny baby. Both these guests, we happen to know, were in need of rest and relaxation, change of thought and scene. The dancing class seemed to fill the bill. They watched with great Interest and enthusiasm the Quadrille, Varsovienne etc. Then when a waltz was ann unced they were quickly on the floor. Dr. Hayden was asked to lead the lajt Gr?nd larch. From the smiles ;hich eventually appeared on the faces of our two guests, we felt tint the dancing class this even ng had been of a very real service. Saturday, May 29, 1937 Pleasant Every now and then a devotee of Longfellow appears, usually an elderly person of the "old school", a person ho remembers the popular- ity of Longfellow when his poems were first making their appearance. Such a person made Ir'mself known today as Dr. Alfred i.'.eyer. It was In 1874 when Dr. Meyer was attending Columbia University *n New York that he remembers Beading "The Hanging of the Crane" in a New York daily Newspaper. Longfellow had recited the poem the day before at Harvard College. Dr. iieyer said, "I must have been n my freshman year for I recall that T didn't know the meaning f the word "crane" at that ti^e. WAYSIDE :NN DIARY Sunday, May 30, 1937 Pleasant Mr. and Mrs. Stillman of Westerly R. I. are mce guest3. They are here for the holiday week-end. Mrs. Stills an, we recall, has travelled extensively with Frieda Hempel, the opera s : nger as a secretary-couipa .ion. Mrs. Stillman is not pretty, or especially good looking, but she ha- a vivacious, attractive personality. You are attracted by her conversation wh ch is informative and interesting. She tells many stories and incidents f her travels. She goes to New York and attends the threatre, she reads books and has left with us a fine book on Bermuda which she is loaning to the hostesses. The hostesses, by the way, are now engaged mreading the new book, "Paradise" by Esther Forbes. Paradise tells of the settlement and pioneer days of an early New England village. nonday, i y 31, 1937 Pleasant This holiday has brought the usual number of holiday visitors. By holiday visitors we mean mostly sightseers, tourists who have come from New York or elsewhere for a short holiday ; n New England. They are crowding in as much sight-3eeing as possible in a day or two. We also mean by "holiday visitors" the men folk and the shop girls. We see many men with their families — wife and child ^n. The working girls come with one or two companions or they bring mother to the Wayside inn for a days outing. Tuesday, June 1, 1937 Cloudy and rain We had looked forward to this as being one of the largest days of the season; large in the number of guests were were to serve. The Massachusetts Medical Society had made reservations for 250 luncheons to be served to wives af Doctors. The reservati n was made weeks ago. This morning the number had decreased to 186. At luncheon time ~nly 141 ladies appeared. Cooks, waitresses and hostesses all experienced a kind of let down feeling and we must confess to a great disappointment. WAYSIDE INN DIARY SOMETHING NEW TOUR No. 4 All Day Wayside (with lunch included) PRICE $5.50 Leave 9.00 A. M. Return 5.00 P. M. 10.30 A. M. omitting Tour No. 1 $4.50 A MOST complete and interesting ALL DAY tour to WAYSIDE INN, now owned and main- tained by Henry Ford. This tour is specially made up for those having but one day in Boston. It covers all points of interest in Tours 1, 2 and 3, and then proceeds to Wayside Inn, South Sudbury. It was here that Longfellow wrote "Tales of a Wayside Inn." This historic shrine was formerly called Howe Tavern and was first licensed in 1666. In 1863, it was named the "Wayside Inn." At the gate- house, you will find the stagecoach which was used to bring General Lafayette to Boston for the laying of the cornerstone of Bunker Hill Monument in 1825. Also on the grounds is the Old School House referred to in the famous poem, "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and the Old Grist Mill which is in actual operation today. The cost of this tour includes admission to the Inn and luncheon in its famous dining-room built in 1800. RAWDING LINES, INC Hotel Bradford Boston ISM SIDE INN D ARI Wednesday, June 2, 1937 Pleasant Arlington Teachers' Club Annual Banquet Wayside Inn Wednesday June 2, 1937 Dinner at 6.30 Members 1.00 Non-Members 1.25 About 100 iceiabers of the above Club were dinner guests this evening. There were a few men present, but the iuajority were lady school teachers. WAYS r DE NN D.ARY Thursday, June 3, 1937 Ra ; n Good lod fashioned homey folks made up the party of the "All Round Club" th s evening. A little beyond middle age, these people were quiet, friendly couples. This wa- their annual dinner-out. T t proved to be both a good dinner and a good tine* Fron; the progra below, one can judge" of the kind of good tiae. ..arj and her laub figured appropriately as table decorations. f> / X » **s I :: f am <&. §. m^ &* W§ ittt 5# ■■ Fruit ' 7oe1c%K-il &n* S*-mei v« Ott? f ' ■ - ■ ' * ' . :*sa fneisfi ja iff] ana Ice Cream Coffee and Tee NMMMM9 to i'ill ^#i urii noetic history *4 1 r t -vodI one day im out, t / v# j ■sere I* i si a « M t i It « . n * «f ■ - f 1 o ' ii^ Ah i i ii ! 1 1 nr £l£>| mm&> hl^orf^Bl or 1 1 7 & ruff ■ *%» I £%#^. -7 J a l£[s s lipr>er 9 A *t A js 10 A s; .ve ■ t a r ly i s 1? nd . | 6 A "burning bufeh lo i Vv U If & WAYS'DE INN DIARY Friday, June 4, 1937 Pleasant Mr. and Urs. J me H. Herron of Cleveland, Ohio visited the Inn ttas morning as guests of Mr. Ford. They were conducted through the Inn by Miss Deiviille and seemed to enjoy their visit very :oich. Mr. Yamana ka, Boston and New York Importer, dined at the Inn th's even'nj He entertained some distinguished guests froi: Japan including a bright little Japanese lady, President of a college in Tokyo. "The Proof of the Puddng is in the eating" said Mr. Kaplan, one of our Inn friends who returned tonight to attend the danc ng class. Last week Mr. and Mrs. Kaplan came on Friday evening for dinner and to see the dancing class especially. Tonight they c ane a^a in bringing f amily and friends. aturday, June 5, 1937 Pleasant Mrs. Gaston Plantiff with in rs. Alice W. ^ickson motored from New York today. J ry Ellen Plantiff is finishing her course at the Pine wianor School in Wellesley. Mr . Plantiff, while staying at the Inn, will attend the closing festivities of the school. A very busy Saturday came to a close with 194 guests served in the dining room. Seven school groups and a D. A . R. gathering were insluded in the days business. WAYS i.DE m d:ary Sunday, June 6, 1937 Pleasant Much has been written about the beauty of the Inn; the lovely lines of the h use, its setting among ancient oak trees, lords do not draw a complete picture, however. There is irore to the beauty of the Inn on a June day than one can express. A feeling of reverence and sacredness Is n our hearts a3 we look at the Inn. It s here under a ale blue sky. Gentle breezes blow the green leaves ^n the trees wh ch seem in a gay mood - as if glad they surround th..s dear old inn. The Inn it- self appears mellow and harmonious. We cannot speak. We worship "in silence. Guests are impressed as they approach the "nn. Many of them exclaim: "Oh! it La beautiful!" Then they stand still and gaze. Others show admiration in a different way. "We just have to come to the Wayside .nn in June" said a friend. Londay, June 7, 1937 Pleasant We are almost too busy to write in the Diary! At luncheon time a group of ministers ^jid their wives held a luncheon-meeting on the porch. They are ministers to students; that is, ministers of -ari3hes ; n wh ch colleges are located. At dinner time 54 teachers from the Frar Ingham Normal School assembled In the large dining room. Place cards matched the boquets in the canter of the table. Songs were sung during the meal and the presentation of a gift to a retiring teacher, w^.i made. Three large groups of children visited the Inn during the day. WAYS DE M D11RY Tuesday, June 8, 1937 Pleasant The Unity Club of East Walpole, Mass. enjoyed Old Fashioned dancing In the Ball room this even ng. After dinner the 55 men and women in attendance entered into a Virginia Reel. They also spent time in looking through the h-use and walking in the g'rden. Other groups today included one of 9 for luncheon and two groups of 12 each for dinner. Wednesday, June 9, 1937 Pleasant Mrs. Plantiff and her f»-i<=»nd Mrs. Dickson left today after spending a busy three days here. They spent most of their tine n Wellesley where they attended the graduation of .iary Ellen P/antiff at the Pine manor School. Thursday June 10, 1937 Plea ant We have a congenial group of overnight guests. Rev. and Mrs. H. W. Smith of Lee, i.,a:s. are old friends and have come with their family to attend the graduation of a daughter from the Walnut Hill School. Also from the Walnut Hill School is Miss Louise moody. She and her mother are rest'ng here gefore Louise starts her college Board examinations. The Moodys are of the canoe-making family of Old Town, i«.a'.ne. Other over- night guests are Mr. and Mrs. H. ;,'.. Fast. Mr. Fast is the author of stories for boys; one of wh ch appears in the current issue of the Ladies Home Journal. Rev. Mr. Sicith and Mr. Fast have had a long chat and it looks as if they were going to be - should we say - fast friends! Friday, June 11, 1937 Pleasant Just before dinner time this evening, a car drew up to the front door of the Inn bringing Air. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker of Worcester. Before they Come into the Inn, however, they called for a hostess and showed her a large container in the back seat of the car filled with lovely blossoms. These proved to be a gift for the Inn. Dozens of large, long stemmed pink peonies and dozens of purple and lavender iris, The combinati n made a beautiful picture. Mr. Bowker arranged ther in large old pottery jugs and placed them in the large Ball-room. This wa:; dancing class night and a kind of special occasion because the boys of the senior class had dinner at the Inn th"s evening. The flowers decorated the Ball-room and gave it a festive appearance. WAYSiDE INN DIARY Saturday, June 12, 1937 Pleasant The Bowkers are Waysi.de T nn friends, indeed. This time the Carl Bowkers frou: Worcester. They carne as usual this Saturday evening for dinner and brought v/ith them two large boxes of roses, home grown. «lr. and Mrs. Bowker are rose experts and have won t^any prizes with their flowers. We have never seen such a variety of color and size of rose blossoms, every one a gorgeous specimen. Hore of the Friendship Tour groups came this afternoon. Au3till distributed these verses to the children. Hr and ^xagzsu a^ -THa childfusn'S post V i "Gome to me, ye children, And whisper in my ear, What the birds and winds are singing In your sunny atmosphere. Ye are better than all the ballads, That ever were sung or said; For ye are living poems And all the rest are dead. THB 50th BIRTHDAY OF AGASSIZ May 28,1857, Agassiz, the Naturalist. "Oom wander with me" Nature said, "Int* regions yet untrod, And read what is still unread In the manuscripts of God." And he wandered away and away With nature, the dear old nurse. Who sang to him night and day The rhymes of the universe. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, June 15, 1957 Pleasant The week started well with nearly 500 served in the dining room today. One hundred people came in one large group to be served at 1:50. These were Railroad Ticket men and their wives. Their visit was somewhat limited, however. They had only time for luncheon and a fleeting glimpse of the house - then back to New York. Monday, June 14, 1957 Cloudy It would seem as if a rose grower and a Packard salesman would have nothing in common. But the two were brought together today at the Wayside Inn and found much to talk about. The rose grower was Colonel J. A. Pearson from Oklahoma City; the Packard salesman, Mr. G.A. Campbell from Detroit. They met in the parlor as the hostess was telling the story. Mr. Campbell asked a question, Colonel Pearson answered it and they were off on a friendly chat which lasted well into the afternoon. Roses are Colonel Pearson's hobby and he knew the subject thoroughly, telling us of many different kinds of roses, how to care for them, and where they can best be grown. Mr. Campbell told us of his brother who lives in the rose section of Texas. He also recounted a story about the American Beauty roses which the Packard Motor Company bought to give to woman patrons. Thus an enjoyable time was spent at the Inn by these two men of seemingly diversified tastes and interests. Tuesday, June 15, 1957 Showers One never knows when large groups are going to descend upon us. Mostly we are informed in advance of their arrival. Then again we are taken by surprise. Two or three bus loads of ladies arrived this after- noon at 5 o'clock, without warning. The other evening a group of school children piled in at 8:50 unannounced. Sometimes there is a hustle and bustle to recruit all forces necessary to take care of these groups, but always we manage to show them through the house. We feel that if they have taken the time and pains to come here, then we must bend every effort to make their visit enjoyable and worth while. This week the school groups are declining in number as schools everywhere are closing for the summer vacation. Bus tour groups are increasing, however. Something new this year is a tour conducted by the Rawding Lines, Inc. On the next page is a clipping from one of their folders which is self-explanatory. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Wednesday, June 16, 1957 Pleasant Today and the next two days will be devoted to our school children, who are this week having their graduation festivities. We have been impressed this year by the seriousness and dignity which has accompanied all the exercises held. This evening at the Boys School the annual Banquet took place with about 150 people in attendance, including the boys, fir. and Mrs. Sennott, instructors, Wayside Inn employes and friends. The program belonged entirely to the boys with William Piazik acting as master of ceremonies. There was the usual Valedictory address, Class Prophecy, Glass Will, etc. Miss Fisher and Miss De Mille played semi-classical selections during the dinner and the program closed with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne". Thursday, June 17, 1957 Pleasant The end of the day has come. Long shadows have appeared on the lawn and the sun is sinking slowly into the west. Mot only is this day brought to a close, but the school year at the Wayside Inn is ended. For the eleven graduates it means the termination of four years of study at the Wayside Inn; four years when the Wayside Inn has been Home. Now they are leaving. It is, of course, with a feeling of sadness that we look upon them - sitting as young gentlemen on the stage in the large Ball-room. Father Fletcher, Pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Marlboro, which some of the boys have attended regularly, has given the Invocation - and will pronounce the Benediction. Just now the Rev. Vincent Tomlinson, one of our dear Fraters, is talking. He is telling in a simple, natural way of his association with the Inn and his fondness for it. He is speaking of growth and developement and responsibility. We know that it is bound to come to these boys, but we also know that as the care and respon- sibility come, the past four years spent at the Wayside Inn will remain like shining stars to :uide their way. This is a memorable evening. It is a Commencement not only for the boys, but for the smaller children who are leaving the Redstone and Southwest schools. The thought of this very evening will be cherished in their hearts forever. V/AYSIDE INN DIARY Friday, June 18, 1957 Showers This was an "open and shut" day, as the weather man terras it. Young ladies debated about what they should wear to the Graduation Ball. At one time it looked as if unbrellas, rubbers, and raincoats would be needed. But when the hour for the Grand March finally arrived, all was gay and bright in the large Ball room. School colors, dark blue and white, were used in decoration. A four-piece orchestra graced the platform. The Singing Quadrille was announced. The dresses of sweet young girls swept the floor. A guest said that he expected someone to dash in the door and announce that the V/ar was over'. Just then the orchestra was playing a Stephen Foster selection. It might well have been a Civil War-time scene. Punch and sherbet and cake were served. Several guests joined in the waltz and the Barn-dance. The orchestra played on. We wanted it to go on indefinitely. At midnight, however, there was another march and a good-night was said to Mr. and Mrs. Sennott and Mr. and Mrs. Young. Saturday, June 19, 1957 Rain One of our guests today had a long talk with one of the hostesses about cooking in the old kitchen. She wanted to know every detail in connection with old kitchen dinners - how they are cooked and how they are served. It seems that our guest had dined last year with Monsieur and Madame Clemenceau, son and daughter-in-law of the great "Tiger of France". In their country home a thirty-pound lamb was cooked on a spit in front of the open fire. The spit rod was turned by electricity. Shinning copper p^ns caught the drippings. It was a wonderful sight, our guest explained, and the lamb was super-delicious. Our guest is planning the same sort of thing for her country place in New York State. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Sunday, June 20, 1957 Pleasant Today we have begun a summer schedule. Miss Frances Tibbitts, teacher in the Mary Lamb School, is to remain through the vacation period as a hostess. Miss Katherine Schultz from Ann Arbor, Michigan, a student at the University of Michigan, will be here through the vacation. Hostesses will take turns being at the Redstone School in the afternoon to tell the story there. Monday, June 21, 1957 Cloudy When new hostesses tell the story of the Inn, we are interested in their new interpretations of it. Basically they are the same, but they use different words to convey the same idea. They also add new stories to the same objects. As a matter of fact, all the hostesses, old or new, have their own private way of telling the story. For instance, in describing the footstove, Miss DeMille calls to mind the long three- hour sermons of the old days, showing the necessity for a footstove in the unheated churches. Miss Staples points out the fact that our footstove is a particularly old one. It has a wooden frame instead of perforated tin which was more commonly used at a later date. Miss Tibbitts, our new hostess, speaks of the footstove as a Valentine gift and asks the guests to notice a red heart painted on the front of it. Then she adds that she thinks the footstove is the sign of a pretty warm heart. Tuesday, June 22, 1957 Cloudy Miss Schultz talked with a guest today whose grandmother was a Mrs. Sarah Gilbert Howe. Mrs. Howe came to the Wayside Inn on her honeymoon in the year 1842. She recounted the story of her visit to the Inn many times during her life and remembered well the landlord, Mr. Lyman Howe. She and Mr. Howe discovered that they were indirectly related. Vie had another Howe descendent recently. He was Mr. David Hawkins from Concord. Mr. Hawkins has a son named David Howe Hawkins; the David being chosen from accident rather than from family interest. It turned out to be a good old family name, however. David Howe was one time proprietor of the Wayside Inn. WAYSIDE INN DIARY Wednesday, June 25, 1957 Pleasant This week we had a trip to New Hampshire. Much to our delight and surprise we found an old butter churn in actual working order. There was a sign in front of an old farmhouse: "Butter milk and fresh ginger bread." It tempted us. As we drove into the yard, the butter churn stood silhoutted in the side doorway. "I put it in the sun so as to warm the cream", the farmer's wife explained. Peering into the churn, the cream was there, sure enough. It put us in mind of the churn here in the Inn kitchen. The churn iB probably the most familiar of all old cooking utensils. Guests often reminisce around the churn and tell of standing, for what seemed like hours, moving the dasher up and down. Thursday, June 24, 1957 Pleasant A little old lady in black approached the bar the other day and asked a very unusual question. She queried: "is Mrs. Barker here?" Mrs. Barker, it will be remembered, was the hostess when Mr. Ford first bought the Inn in 1925. She is not now living. It developed that our lady in black was Mrs. Hamilton Osgood, a sister of Mr. Pearmain who lives hear us on the hill. Mrs. Osgood has not been in this country for ten years. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. Two attendants came with Mrs. Osgood who is now 90 years old. Friday, June 25, 1957 Dismal It hardly seems possible that another summer season has rolled around and that the Tauck Tours are here. Their weekly visits started today. We have looked forward to this event. They are a fine group of people with reliable chauffeurs and conductors. Twenty Tauck Tour guests lunched on the porch at noon time. Mr. Tauck himself accom- panied his patrons and made this a kind of introductory trip. Saturday, June 26, 1957 Dismal Guests have more than enjoyed the Redstone School this past week. Dr. Ryland 0. Sadler of Baltimore became so enthusiastic that he came twice to hear the story. He wanted to buy the story-teller a box of candy! He said, and we thought we detected tears in his eyes, "You have given me more pleasure than I can say" Somehow, the story at the schoolhouse seems to touch the hearts of all the visitors. It is some- thing they have grown up with and have lived with. It is a part of their lives. They have attended a Redstone school. They have always loved the story of Mary and her lamb. The hostess usually divides the story into two parts. First there is a history lesson when she tells about the building itself; next comes a story period when the familiar scene of Mary and her lamb at the schoolhouse is recalled. Once this week the "pupils" ended the "session" by singing "School days, school days, dear old Golden Rule days" etc. WAYSIDE INK DIARY Sunday, June 27, 1957 Cloudy The name of Priacilla Alden Redfield appears in large, childish handwriting on our Register today. Priscilla is the 12th direct lineal descendent from John Alden and Priscilla. She is a quaint, modest child. Her mother is much interested in things Colonial and Priscilla apparently is pursuing the pr>me line of thought. She was quiet and attentive. It was, of course, Longfellow who immortalized ohn Alrfen and Priscilla. The 12th Priscilla lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the town immortalized by Longfellow in the story of Elizabeth Haddon and John Estaugh in Tales of a Wayside Inn. Londay, June 28, 1957 Cloudy This time of year the Inn fulfills its educational purpose to the fullest extent. Guests are mostly tourists. They come from every state in the Union. Sometimes they are bewildered when they enter the Inn. They do not know quite what it is all about. They sometimes have the attitude that this is just another old house. It is difficult for the hostess to engage their attention. V/hen she starts describing the house and its furniture, her listeners appear indifferent. Then as the little company moves on through the Bar Room, the Dining Room to the Old Kitchen, the hostess notices that the strictest attention is being paid. Someone asks a question. Another dares venture an inquiry. There is a feeling of friendliness created. When the Parlor is reached, the hostess seems to come into her own. The guests sit on the sofa and in the chairs and they thoroughly appreciate and enjoy the Longfellow association. On leaving, the guests' feel a fascination and interest in the house. They are grateful that it is preserved. Incidentally they have learned much about Colonial things and our beloved poet. The Inn has truly been an educational pleasure. Tuesday, June 29, 1957 Partly Cloudy Two or three times a year we are favored with a visit from the Rev. John H. Robinette. He is the pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church at Pawtucket, Rhode Island. For years he has loved the Inn and very often brings friends and parishoners to see it. Today he brought three young men and introduced them as the boys who carry the Cross an' 1 +he Colors in his church, I could think of no nicer reward for their services than to bring them to the Wayside Inn", explained Mr. Robinette. interesting conversation with the ladies about Longfellow and his contemporaries. The lady invited these two young men and the hostess to see the old year out with her. Near twelve oclock we drew chairs up to the bar room fire, lighted the holiday candle, and awaited the march of time. Just as the parlor clock chimed twelve, we were interrupted by the pounding of the front door knocker. Ve opened to two belated travelors, Mr. and Mrs. Banford of Utica, N. Y., who had suddenly made up their minds to spend New Years Eve at "'ayside. They sensed that a celebration was in progress, joined the group without preliminaries, and began to sing Auld Lang Syne. Mr. Banford, who had been at the inn before suggested that we all go to the ball room and sing the New Year in. He played the piano and for half an hour the group sang old fashioned songs, such as In the Gloaming, 1*11 take you Home Kathleen, Shine on Harvest Moon, Silent Night, and lastly My Old Kentuckey Home and Goodnight Ladies. The disppointed Lady was thrilled, and said it had turned out to be one of the most pleasant New Years Eves of her life. The hostess overheard her describing to guests, who came the following day, what a wonderful New Years Eve she had experienced. Saturday, Jan. 1st \°i3>v Heavy Snow We awoke to a. New England snow storm, beautiful to look upon, but disheartening when we thought of expected guests. We had quite made up our minds we would have no guests, when in came our good friends Mr. and Mrs. Gookin. They were blown, red cheeked, and smiling. Tho the weather grew worse as the day wore on, they remained and took their usual five P.M. bus home. It was a half hour late but they bravely stood, hand in hand, in the sleet and snow until it came along.